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Commented On: 2013 Nissan Leaf Prices To Start At $28,800 For Electric Car


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It is 18% lower on base model which is exactly what was needed.
Nissan should start to sell a bunch, in fact all that they can make. This is a bargin that we have all been waiting for. $199/month lease sounds fantastic.
The Leaf is now at the top of my next car list.

Commented On: Dead Fisker Karmas: One May Be A Fluke, But Is Two A Trend?


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My title would be "birds of a feather, flock together... especially dead ducks."
But my question, as an ex-auto OEM project mgr, is; do the tires rub on the fenders when turning into a sloped driveway? or coming out of a sloped parking structure over slight curb into the street. Fisker is a designer and was not going to let anyone "compromise" his design. I personally do not see enough clearance for the tires in any sort of turning and bumping situation. Maybe this is why the fenders don't fit. I can not beleive they leave the factory that way?

Commented On: 2012 Tesla Model S Electric Sedan: Industry Analyst Weighs In


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Jim, you should read the "risk" section Tesla writes in their 10K. I personally do not think they will make it. I think either 2 possibilities might happen. One, they will intelligently delay start of production to get it right and get it fully tested, or two, Musk due to his ego will force start of production in spite of not being fully ready because without it, the company will likely sink. Both options are bad for Tesla. I do not think the purpose of 10K is to present future P&L projections. You would need to ask Tesla for a perspectus and since the stock trades on NASDEQ, I don't think you will get it, but try their website.

Commented On: 2012 Tesla Model S Electric Sedan: Industry Analyst Weighs In


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Part 3 is from Tesla Form 10K on warranty information; Tesla reports the following in warranty expenses - 2009 - $1.508M, 2010 - $2.231M and for 2011 $2.75M or for the roughly 2,150 vehicles = $6.5M..that seems high! If an auto OEM had this much, say GM with 12M vehicles under warranty = $36B! no way can a company survive. Tesla's battery pack is a colossal mistake using 6,831 computer laptop batteries. Tesla has tried to overcome some of the problems but at extremely high cost and complexity and that does not really solve the major problems with this particular battery chemistry and inherent poor reliability over time.

Commented On: 2012 Tesla Model S Electric Sedan: Industry Analyst Weighs In


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Part 2 from Tesla Form K-10 filing. The financials are very interesting (disturbing). For 2011, Tesla loss $254,411,000 and for 2010 they loss 154,328,000. Put while R&D is a large part of this, their long term capital expenditures (debt) increased from $71M in 2010 to $268M in 2011 which is all the money being spent to get ready for Model S, but as most automotive companies do with tooling for the body panels or chassis parts and some major plant tooling is pay this at start of production and that is yet to come. For Tesla, this is a huge killer if they have not forecasted correctly and the remaining $188.8 M remaining from DOE will not even stratch the surface, I suspect.

Commented On: 2012 Tesla Model S Electric Sedan: Industry Analyst Weighs In


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Interesting discussion mostly by a bunch of people without any real knowledge other than misc. readings on the Internet. If you want the "Facts" go to Tesla website and pull up the SEC Form 10-K which was just files the end of Feb. Orders were as follows: over 8,000 12/31/2011; prices: after giving in US the $7,500 tax incentives were: $49,900 (45kWh battery pack), $59,900(60kWh); $69,900 (85kWh) and for the performance version which is the only one I think I read they will start selling is $84,900 with tax credit. They make lot of interesting statements in this document, like they say the range predictions of 160 miles, 230, and 300 may be overstated by 30% if run on EPA's 2 cycle schedule vs/ Tesla's constant 55 mph.
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