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Tesla "best car ever driven" by Consumer Reports

Post in 'The Green Room' started by webbie, May 9, 2013.

  1. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    Pretty amazing for a brand new car company!

    Innovation is still possible, eh? Give it a decade and this car company is going to be something big.

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    When are you gonna pick one up?
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    Tesla is far from a new car company. They've been building EVs for quite a while. They were very cool and extremely expensive. I would like very much for them to create some more economical stuff and become more main steam.
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    When the stock markets hits 20K, I will pick up the new model that they are now working on (less $$)...
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    That's the plan....the only reason they are making high priced cars is that they understand that the folks with extra $$ are willing to pay for development. Their total reason for being involves MILLIONS of cars for you and I.

    But, yeah, a "new" car company means within a decade. It takes at least that long to startup something so technical.....
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    Tesla also is outselling all other electric vehicles in the US. Looks like there are plenty of wealthy folks out there.
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    It's in a sweet spot of pricing where you don't have to be multi-multi millionaire to afford one.....so the "wanna bes" and the tech crazy can own one. Considering inflation, it's right about where the original Lexus was (or less!) when that came out.

    There are a LOT of car nuts. It's probably the biggest "nut" affliction. Or, should I use the term my wife uses "enthusiasts".?
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    Aston Martin are nice cars. Lotus's are nice too. Maybe we can copy it by buying a fusion and a bunch of cordless drills.
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    didn't Tesla just let a huge portion of their workforce go? Is shaping up to be similar to the Tucker story...cool cars, maybe just bad timing.
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    I'm interested to see how this plays out. They are in a weird middle ground market, and it bodes well for them to be the best car rated ever. Except when you have money, you notice that CR doesn't do reviews on REAL luxury vehicles and sports cars, just your general consumer grade stuff available to any consumer in upper-middle or below classes.
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    I don't think so! Stock is popping and they just announced record profits.....

    This is gonna be a bit embarrasing for the "government money does nothing" crowd if it becomes a 100 billion dollar (or more) company....

    I actually invested in it at 20-30, but already took my profits. If it gets hit again, I'll load up on the stock for the long run. Nothing comes without risk, but this very well could be the next Apple Computer.
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    I'm pretty sure last month they layed off a bunches of people...I have no Googlefu here, but I had a conversation about it with my bandmakes, 1 of which was actually considering buying 1 until they did so. Tings may be looking up for them since then though.
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    What's the retail price for the model S before the federal tax credit?
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    Tesla is not exactly new. They are mostly built by Lotus which has been around since the early 50s.

    I drove one last year and the inside was nearly identical to my Elise. The outside wasn't very different either.
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    Do they have more room for batteries because it's a two seater?
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    Pricewise it is about where our first house cost was, $83K (1985). Difference being that house is now worth about $650K. I strongly doubt the Tesla will see that appreciation.
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    I may try one if I ever get this DeLorean paid off.
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    when they come out with a 3/4 or 1 ton truck then I will take notice.
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    And they are an American car company!!
    We sold their director of technology (JB Straubel) a heat storage system this year.
    Great guy, doing amazing things!
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    I bet this is going to be the water storage for the Spartherm Ambiente A4-H2O hydronic wood stove.

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