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Old 02-12-2019, 06:06 PM   #1751
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If this is true, this could be a huge change in the Pickup landscape

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/02/12...la-powertrain/
Tesla has now officially denied this.
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Old 02-13-2019, 09:16 AM   #1752
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Nah, GM is going after Rivian instead. They can't build 'em, so they'll buy 'em (or at least invest in someone who can build 'em):

https://www.engadget.com/2019/02/12/...est-in-rivian/
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Old 02-13-2019, 12:14 PM   #1753
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Nah, GM is going after Rivian instead. They can't build 'em, so they'll buy 'em (or at least invest in someone who can build 'em):

https://www.engadget.com/2019/02/12/...est-in-rivian/
It would be GMís smartest move in a long time.
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Old 02-19-2019, 12:59 PM   #1754
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Buy stock now, get rich later
https://banyanhill.com/5-reasons-tes...affic#readmore

The Leader in Electric Vehicles and Solar Power

Warren Buffett hasnít invested in this company yet, but itís likely on his radar.

The stock is just now stabilizing its operations and set to generate cash flow in the years to come.

As it rounds this corner, itís a stock that you have to pay attention to.

Iím talking about Tesla (Nasdaq: TSLA), the electric vehicle and solar power company.

The company has come a long way since it launched the Tesla Model S in 2012 ó the first relatively affordable all-electric vehicle in its lineup.

After seven years and two more models, we are seeing increased competition entering the all-electric space.

Porsche, Audi and Jaguar, to name a few, are planning to add major all-electric vehicles to their lineups.

While many view Tesla as just another car company, its moats prove thatís not the case.

Tesla has four competitive moats around its business that analysts seem to miss.

But it stands out amongst more established auto brands because of:

Its global charging network.
Its self-driving capabilities.
Its battery Gigafactory.
And its brand.

The first three items give Tesla a major advantage over anyone trying to enter the electric-vehicle space and compete with it.

But today, Iím going to talk about its brand.

Teslaís brand is a game changer.
A Luxury Brand Thatís Accessible to More Consumers

Many people know Tesla as a luxury brand. Itís synonymous with brands like Cadillac, Jaguar and Porsche.

Analysts donít view this as a moat. I normally wouldnít either.

But as the company moves ahead with its Model 3 ramp-up to appeal to more consumers, the brand appearance will be extremely attractive.

Porsche and Audi recently had to go back to the drawing board with their entry-level all-electric models after studying the Model 3 ó they couldnít turn a profit.

That speaks volumes to what Tesla can produce out of its factories.

And it translates to its higher-model cars as well.
My 10-Year Analysis: A Luxury Brand at Ford Prices

Iím a fan of Tesla but canít bring myself to spend that much on a car Ö itís just to get me from point A to point B.

When I was shopping for a car last year, I narrowed down my choices to two models.

My wife wanted a used 2015 Cadillac Escalade, and I was eyeing a brand-new Tesla Model X (the midsize SUV).

I did what any consumer would do.

I compared a price-to-own analysis of the Escalade with the Model X.

I was shocked at the results.

The total cost to own a used gas-powered Escalade and the all-electric Model X was basically the same though the Escalade was less than half the Model X ó around a $50,000 difference.

I analyzed a 10-year ownership period. Thatís how long you should plan to own a car if youíre not leasing it.

I considered a few factors in the analysis:

No more oil changes with the Tesla.
No new brakes on the Model X.
And the Tesla uses electricity instead of gas.

The $50,000 difference in sticker price seems like a baffling amount to save over 10 years.

But, when you break it down, the difference is just $417 a month.

I drive enough to offset that in just gas, but when you think about the convenience and cost-savings of the factors I mentioned above, it adds up quickly.

Tesla has been able to brand itself as a top-of-the-line luxury vehicle maker on par with Cadillac, Jaguar and Porsche.

But its top-of-the-line models are closer in cost to Ford and Honda over a 10-year period than other luxury brands.

Thatís a remarkable impact on branding. And it highlights the benefits of going all-electric versus the typical combustion engine.

So, while imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, Tesla is ready for the competition. The other companies will go broke trying to adapt and compete.

Teslaís a great stock to own now, and for the years to come.

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Old 02-19-2019, 01:07 PM   #1755
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Tesla a luxury car.. LOLOL... sorry I had to laugh. The model 3 looks worse inside than my sons power wheels jeep. He actually has gauges.

Who wrote this puff piece?
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Old 02-19-2019, 01:56 PM   #1756
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Tesla a luxury car.. LOLOL... sorry I had to laugh. The model 3 looks worse inside than my sons power wheels jeep. He actually has gauges.

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Incoming Tesla owners in......3.....2.....1......
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Old 02-19-2019, 04:49 PM   #1757
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Most of the money on the Tesla cars goes to the technology. I could care less a some gauges because they do not add anything to the experience.

I love my car, best car I ever owned
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Old 02-19-2019, 04:53 PM   #1758
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Tesla a luxury car.. LOLOL... sorry I had to laugh. The model 3 looks worse inside than my sons power wheels jeep. He actually has gauges.

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Incoming Tesla owners in......3.....2.....1......
As I've written in my ongoing thread, perhaps it's Stockholm Syndrome, but I actually really like the interior of my 3.

Cowl is low. Windshield is not overly raked (a la the S). Front and side visibility are awesome.

The iPad on dash interface is actually fine. I would definitely add in a way to pick set speed on the cruise before turning it on (it guesses for you based on what it thinks the speed limit is, which can be way off) and to resume as well, but apart from that it works well. Screen is responsive, seat heaters and temperature controls are always accessible even if not actual hard buttons, and it looks very modern and clean.

It's like what BMW wanted to do with the i3, except they did it all the way.
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:39 PM   #1759
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The model 3 UI is a huge turn off for me, but until I actually experience it, I can't be certain I hate it. I'll give it a fair shake, at least a test drive or two (if I can ever test drive one). I gave the GTi a fair shake, but it didn't change my mind about fwd or VAG nannies (from the factory that is) I liked the engine though, not the throttle mapping, Or the fact that it was driving the front wheels, or the nannies, but that felt like a stout engine. I'll still give the CTR a fair shake, if I ever get the chance to test drive one of course.

Drunken rambling point being, I honestly think Tesla is sticking around for the long haul. I want an EV for my daily, and I won't do ff; Tesla is the only one on the market that will give me RWD or AWD with reasonable range. I'd love the other manus to jump in and fill my wants & needs, but nobody is stepping up to the plate, at least in the price range I'm willing to pay for daily transportation.
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