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TESLA, The Ambitions of Musk
blacksheep
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Not what some of our politician are saying, but then rolleyes.gif
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South Australia's big battery has outperformed expectations in its first year of operation, saving almost $40 million in grid stabilisation costs, helping prevent blackouts, and generally restoring confidence in energy supply in the state, according to project backer Neoen.

The 100 megawatt Hornsdale battery, the idea for which sparked from a famed Twitter exchange between tech billionaires Mike Cannon-Brookes and Tesla's Elon Musk, has had a huge impact in reducing prices in the grid stabilisation market, known as the frequency control and ancillary services (FCAS) market, according to an independent report released on Tuesday by engineering and advisory firm Aurecon.

Aurecon's analysis showed that the sharp spikes in FCAS prices during bottlenecks on the network seen in 2016 and 2017 were markedly absent in 2018 despite similar instances of grid constraints, while prices overall were about 75 per cent lower on average.

https://www.afr.com/business/energy/solar-e...up.com/advisory



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blacksheep
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Tesla appears to be in trouble again - according to the WSJ/zerohedge - just when the market was delighted/stunned by their Q3 results

FBI Is Investigating If Tesla Misstated Info About Model 3 Production
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While we already knew that a second SEC investigation was taking place in relation to Tesla's Model 3 production, the Wall Street Journal dropped a bombshell this afternoon stating that a DOJ investigation into Model 3 production numbers was also not only was taking place, but was also intensifying.

Tesla shares quickly dropped almost $25 off highs on the news before bouncing after releasing its own response, stating it has only received a "voluntary request for documents" and not a subpoena:

According to the Wall Street Journal, the FBI is examining whether Tesla misstated information about production of its Model 3 dating back to early 2017. Action in the criminal investigation is reported to have intensified since Musk settled with the SEC last week.

The Journal also reports that the FBI has contacted former Tesla employees for testimony in the criminal case. Many former employees have received subpoenas and have been interviewed by the FBI. The investigation is said to focus on the following timeline:

In February 2017, after reporting fourth-quarter 2016 results, Tesla laid out an aggressive production plan to bring out the Model 3, with plans to ramp up to 5,000 vehicles a week in the fourth quarter. On a conference call that month with analysts, Mr. Musk said he was pushing suppliers to be ready for a weekly run rate of 1,000 vehicles in July to 2,000 in August and 4,000 in September.

A few months later in July, Mr. Musk sounded confident that Tesla would be producing 20,000 Model 3s a month in December 2017, in line with his previous pledge of having 5,000 vehicles a week by year’s end. “Looks like we can reach 20,000 Model 3 cars per month in Dec,” he tweeted on July 2, 2017, days before the first Model 3 rolled off the production line.

In the early weeks of production, the company’s body shop, where the skeleton of the cars would take shape, wasn’t fully functional, according to an October 2017 article in The Wall Street Journal. Tesla was still hand-building parts of the Model 3s, and the body shop wasn’t fully installed until September, according to people quoted in the article that were familiar with the situation.

Tesla ended up producing 2,700 Model 3s for all of 2017, and 793 in the last week of 2017

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-10-26/f...el-3-production
https://www.wsj.com/articles/tesla-faces-de...age=1&pos=1



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blacksheep
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In Reply To: triage's post @ Oct 24 2018, 02:05 PM

No, not all hot air - they've been working on it for some time - for memory they mentioned it about a year ago and have been doing their R&D from their technology center located in the UK.

Funding wouldn't be an issue either.

Singapore is an attractive place to do business, thanks to low tax rates there - just ask BHP & RIO.

I think this one could get off the ground - unlike some others.

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According to this article there are plans for a new competitor to Tesla to begin constructing electric cars in Singapore. I'm not sure whether this story is all hot air or whether the new venture actually has a chance of cleaning up...

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45950377








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Interesting that short seller Citron Research is now long Tesla - they also reckon "- Tesla is destroying the competition."

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As much as you can’t believe you are reading this, we can’t believe we are writing this!
The most challenging part of being a short seller is to constantly check your thesis to make
sure nothing has changed. You must let all predispositions and prejudices disappear and stay
focused on only the facts.

It is in that spirit and with a great deal of analysis and due diligence that we can say for the
first time, Citron is long Tesla as the Model 3 is a proven hit and many of the TSLA warning
signs have proven not to be significant.

It has been almost 5 years since Citron published the following line:

“By the time this product is even approaching market, there will be
multiple other 200-mile range plug-ins that have been out for years.”

Rumors of the Tesla killers have been as constant and unfounded as Bob Lutz's call for Tesla's
bankruptcy.

While the media has been focused on Elon Musk’s eccentric, outlandish and at times
offensive behavior, it has failed to notice the legitimate disruption of the auto industry that is
currently being DOMINATED by Tesla
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read more - https://citronresearch.com/wp-content/uploa...g-to-ignore.pdf



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Not sure what/if any subsidies/tax incentives are available in the US for EV's - that goes some way in the decision making process of buyers. In countries where subsidies have been scaled back, so have sales


Out of curiosity had a look at what's currently in place. The US federal government currently offers a $7,500 tax credit on electric vehicles sold. The credit is designed to start ratcheting downward once the companies have grown enough to sell a total of 200,000 vehicles each. Tesla I believe passed this threshold in July and GM is getting close.

California is coming to Tesla's rescue, apparently. However the Bill is yet to pass the Senate.

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It looks like the state of California is bailing out Tesla
The California state Assembly passed a $3-billion subsidy program for electric vehicles, dwarfing the existing program. The bill is now in the state Senate. If passed, it will head to Governor Jerry Brown, who has not yet indicated if he'd sign what is ostensibly an effort to put EV sales into high gear, but below the surface appears to be a Tesla bailout.
Tesla will soon hit the limit of the federal tax rebates, which are good for the first 200,000 EVs sold in the US per manufacturer beginning in December 2009 (IRS explanation). In the second quarter after the manufacturer hits the limit, the subsidy gets cut in half, from $7,500 to $3,750; two quarters later, it gets cut to $1,875. Two quarters later, it goes to zero.

Given Tesla's ambitious US sales forecast for its Model 3, it will hit the 200,000 vehicle limit in 2018, after which the phase-out begins. A year later, the subsidies are gone. Losing a $7,500 subsidy on a $35,000 car is a huge deal. No other EV manufacturer is anywhere near their 200,000 limit. Their customers are going to benefit from the subsidy; Tesla buyers won't.

This could crush Tesla sales. Many car buyers are sensitive to these subsidies. For example, after Hong Kong rescinded a tax break for EVs effective in April, Tesla sales in April dropped to zero. The good people of Hong Kong will likely start buying Teslas again, but it shows that subsidies have a devastating impact when they're pulled.

That's what Tesla is facing next year in the US.

In California, the largest EV market in the US, 2.7% of new vehicles sold in the first quarter were EVs, up from 0.4% in 2012, according to the California New Dealers Association. California is Tesla's largest market. Something big needs to be done to help the Bay Area company, which has lost money every single year of its ten years of existence. And taxpayers are going to be shanghaied into doing it.

To make this more palatable, you have to dress this up as something where others benefit too, though the biggest beneficiary would be Tesla because these California subsidies would replace the federal subsidies when they're phased out.


https://www.businessinsider.com/tesla-stock...out-2017-7?IR=T



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In Reply To: Pendragon's post @ Oct 18 2018, 10:01 AM

Hi pendragon

Why would you suggest getting into a "bun fight"? Posters should be free to voice an opinion - I welcome yours. smile.gif

There is so much conflicting data around concerning Tesla it's hard to believe who/what is right - I tend to be skeptical by nature. Take the sales figures in your article with data from Atherton Research (seems to be a 1 man operation the only webiste for them is a linkedin site - https://www.linkedin.com/company/atherton-research/) , then take the one below provided by Edmunds (https://www.edmunds.com/about/) Edmunds estimates explained below - they come up with estimates of Tesla US sales of 64,727 vs 69,925 for Atherton How Atherton calculate their estimate I'm not sure. Assume both include all models?
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/teslas-sa...kers-2018-10-11


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Unlike most auto makers, Tesla reports production and deliveries, its proxy for sales, shortly after the end of a quarter, and it does not break down deliveries by region. The U.S. sales numbers for Tesla are estimates by Edmunds.com analysts, gleaned through registration data, modeling, and other data points.


I can see why Tesla is doing well in the US (particularly). Firstly it's AMERICAN and not German built (Trumps making America great again factor). Tesla also appeals to the people who want a "clean green" vs the larger carbon footprint of conventional counterparts. Not sure what/if any subsidies/tax incentives are available in the US for EV's - that goes some way in the decision making process of buyers. In countries where subsidies have been scaled back, so have sales. On top of that, we've seen the German brands damaged by the dieselgate scandal. All IMHO.

Lots of ways of looking at it, IMHO, and being invested in battery materials I hope TESLA continues to do well.

Still on Tesla - an interesting video - Tearing Apart Teslas to Find Elon Musk’s Best and Worst Decisions A look inside reveals why the Model 3 risks missing out on big profits.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/201...worst-decisions
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In Reply To: blacksheep's post @ Oct 17 2018, 08:10 PM

blacksheep,

Don't want to get in a bun fight about it. I just stated it as a matter of record.
The link below suggests it is all models not just cherry picking as you seem to suggest.


https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeanbaptiste/2...t/#1b15ef667562

 
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Are people comparing apples with apples? This is an article dated 2016, but makes interesting points

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But there's no doubt about one thing: Whether or not you love Tesla, the Model S is not the best-selling luxury sedan in America.

Here's the basis for the claim that it is the best-selling luxury sedan in America. During the third quarter, Tesla sold 9,156 units of the Model S sedan, which is indeed more sales than the Mercedes S-Class (4,921), the BMW 7 Series (3,634), the Audi A8 (1,030), the Lexus LS (1,235) and whatever other full-size luxury sedan you want to compare it to. These numbers are indisputable.

There's only one problem: The Tesla Model S isn't a full-size luxury sedan. It's a midsize luxury sedan, and it doesn't actually compete with the cars I've listed above.

Instead, the Model S's closest competitors are cars like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the BMW 5 Series, the Cadillac CTS, the Audi A6, the Lexus GS and the Hyundai Genesis.

Consider, for example, its size. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is 193.8 inches in length, while the larger S-Class is 206.5 inches. The current (outgoing) BMW 5 Series is 196.8 inches in length, while the BMW 7 Series tops out at 205.3 inches. The Model S? It's 196 inches, which makes it shorter than the 5 Series, slightly longer than the E-Class and nearly a foot shorter than some of the full-size luxury sedans with which it supposedly competes.

Next, consider pricing. The base price range on the Mercedes S-Class stretches from $97,600 for a zero-options S550 to $227,900 for a V12-powered AMG S65. The 7 Series ranges from $82,500 for a base-level 740i to $138,000 for a sporty Alpina B7 xDrive.

Meanwhile, the base price range of the smaller E-Class stretches from $53,200 for a base-level E300 to about $106,000 for a top-of-the-line E63 AMG. The BMW 5 Series ranges from $51,200 for a 528i to $95,100 for a high-performance M5.

And the Model S? It starts at $66,000 and tops out at $134,500. That means a base-level Model S is 48 percent cheaper than a base-level S-Class but just 24 percent more expensive than a base-level E-Class. And while it's right in the middle of the BMW sedans, don't forget that all these Model S pricing numbers are before the federal income-tax credit for electric vehicles -- something Tesla openly advertises on its website under the Cash Price section, preferring to quote you a price with the tax credit applied than one without. Right now, buying an electric vehicle gets you $7,500 off your federal income taxes, and that's before any state and local credits. Apply the federal tax credit, as Tesla wants you to, and its pricing is almost neck and neck with the 5 Series and the E-Class.

So the Model S is sized like a midsize luxury sedan, and it's priced like one, too. Why doesn't anyone call the Model S a midsize luxury sedan?

Simple: because Tesla doesn't want them to.


Tesla has fought incredibly hard for media sources to consider the Model S a full-size luxury sedan, for one simple reason: Its sales numbers aren't as impressive if you compare it to more accurate rivals. As I mentioned above, Tesla sold 9,156 units of the Model S during the last quarter. In the same time period, Mercedes-Benz sold 14,672 units of the E-Class. Meanwhile, the 5 Series sold 7,430 units of an aging model nearing replacement. When a redesigned 5 Series last debuted, as it will again in the next few months, it wasn't uncommon to see sales totals well in excess of 5,000 per month -- or 15,000 per quarter. Even the Hyundai Genesis is nipping at the Model S's heels, earning around 2,500 sales per month through 2016.

In conclusion, the Tesla Model S is not the best-selling full-size luxury sedan in the United States because of the simple fact it isn't a full-size luxury sedan. It's not sized like one, and it's not priced like one. Compare it to actual rivals in the midsize-luxury segment, and you'll find the Model S still sells at impressive numbers -- just not quite enough to be No. 1. And for that reason, Tesla will always insist it's a full-size luxury sedan.


https://www.autotrader.com/car-news/tesla-m...luxury-s-258097



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Tesla signs agreement in Shanghai for gigafactory site
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BEIJING (Reuters) - Tesla Inc has signed an agreement with the Shanghai government for an 860,000 square meter plot of land to build its first overseas Gigafactory, the electric carmaker said in a Chinese social media post on Wednesday.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tesla-ch...e-idUSKCN1MR151



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