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  •  hard to say (1+ / 0-)
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    kyril

    Tesla earns it's profits because of the California ZEV credits,
    but their growth appears sound and they seem to be able
    to beat the odds.

    •  well there's a lot of ifs and buts in that of (2+ / 0-)
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      fhcec, kyril

      course but it's a very real possiblity. Right now the major hurdle for Telsa is cost of the car but Musk knows this and has even publically acknowledged this and has stated that they are already working on a much much more affordable model.

      If they can do that then Telsa will be secure at least for the interm and well at that point the only problems they will have is meeting demand and getting their product out.

      In the time that I have been given,
      I am what I am

      by duhban on Wed May 22, 2013 at 07:58:51 PM PDT

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      •  things they have done (0+ / 0-)

        establish a national brand

        establish a sales channel

        manufacture product.

        things not done

        build out a national charger network

        stop being a one trick pony

        show the product runs good for at least 5 years.

        some of it's happening some time wil prove.

        •  i don't think that's fair (3+ / 0-)
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          fhcec, kyril, splashy

          to accuse them of being a one trick pony, the S model is either their 2nd or 3rd car and frankly each model has been better then last

          As to the product well given that they have been operating for 7 years I think that speaks for itself

          As to a national charger network that can't really be on any one company and while I am sure one will be built like gas station coverage it simply will take time. In the interim you have almost 200-300 miles of range more then enough for a full week of average driving.

          In the time that I have been given,
          I am what I am

          by duhban on Wed May 22, 2013 at 09:05:58 PM PDT

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