Tesla Model S Deliveries to Begin June 22
The Silicon Valley carmaker has announced a milestone: Its electric sedan will soon be in customer hands. But what do you think?
[Source: Tesla Motors.]
As I have said before, all I hear about is range without any qualifations. Is it 200 miles with the windows rolled up, no electical systems in use, going downhill, with a good tailwind? or is it 200 miles using headlights, windshield wipers, defrog/AC, cruise control, and the radio? I commute 90 miles roundtrip on a daily basis. I'm not opposed to using an electric car but I need to know I can make it home.
The pics show a beautiful luxury sedan at a luxury sedan price. Alas, I have champagne taste but a beer budget. A Tesla is not ever likely to reside in my stable. I hope for Tesla's sake there are enough environmentally concious celebrities in SoCal willing pony up for one.
DXZ8643, I wasn't lumping all electric cars together, only the extremely over-priced ones (all pure electrics are over-priced right now, but these are ridiculous).
I have no doubt that the large manufacturers like GM, Toyota, Ford, Nissan, Fiat-Chrysler, etc. will be able to have some success with electric vehicles. The advantage they have is tremendous experience building automobiles, existing robust R&D organizations, the production capacity, and most important of all, deep pockets. They also have an existing dealer and service network along with a parts distribution network. Not to mention a HUGE revenue stream from their other products to help support their electric vehicle endeavors.
The big guys also enjoy some economies of scale the smaller boutique companies like Tesla and Fisker can't achieve in low volumes. I'd even bet high-end manufacturers like Porsche, Ferrari, and Lamborghini have a better chance of success with electrics than any start-up. They are just part of a larger manufacturer, like Rolls-Royce and Bentley having the strength and depth of VW and BMW behind them if they choose to produce limited production luxury-oriented electrics.
If Tesla is to survive, they are going to have to be acquired by one of the big guys (I bet that was their plan from the start). Or if they choose to be a standalone company, I can foresee them eventually getting out of the turnkey car business (probably sooner than later) and focusing instead on providing batteries and propulsion units as a supplier to the big manufacturers. They already have an arrangement with Toyota like that. That is where their core competency is, not in building entire vehicles from scratch and all that that entails. Trying to become a vertically integrated electric car manufacturer like Tesla is attempting is just too capital intensive. Not completely impossible, but the odds are stacked against them in this industry. The barriers to entry are too high.
Can't afford it, just like I can't afford a Volt or a Leaf, or a Karma. Luckily, the government supplements the companies' incomes so they can survive -I mean, gives them funds for research and production to help the environment. However, the government does provide the (laughable in comparison) tax break for purchasers of Electric vehicles, which, wow-imagine that, are the same people that could probably afford them without the tax break. -What I think, and yes, it’s pretty.
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