I didn't go through every mineral that a battery needs but I will just to see the weakest link and the next couple of weak links.
Have to say Elon has gotten further then most people thought. Not bad for a niche auto maker.
No one ever went broke taking a profit and tax wise you're in the long term capital gains.
Might want to keep that in mind.
That how these guys get paid, no reason to have high salaries when you can just give out shares.
Very common in the tech industry. Tesla isn't tech no matter how people want it to be, it is a manufacturing firm in the auto business no different from the rest of them.
If you want to go that route I would say equal rights for women and large scale new precipitation in the job market drove low wages. Women use to stay home with kids now they all are pushed to go have a job. End result a huge amount of new people flooding the jobs market from the late 60's till around 95.
I bought a couple of Roku's which are filling out my TV needs. Originally I just bought the laptop to be a media center, it was like $249 on sale at Staples and I had like $30 in staples rewards so that's what I bought. Works fine if Windows isn't screwing with me. It was a Win 8 machine when I bought it and I can't say upgrading to Win 10 did much for me.
BTW a Roku 2 will do just about anything a laptop can do for media watching. USB port, Plex app for local streaming. One thing I don't like is Roku has some apps but not everything I can get with a laptop.
zero degrees sitting in a parking lot while you are at work will take a toll. Add a decent commute in the snow and you may be right. Versa in the Deep South.
MS sales will slow and the MX is not doing well. I would expect maybe 50K for both models once Tesla gets close to selling the M3. I just don't see MS and MX holding up well. About time for a MS refresh or it will become old quickly.
Fiat a standard in quality running Chrysler another standard in quality.
You thought what was going to happen?
In theory he has the demand to push out at least 200,000 cars. The problem is the money for that production. To many mass market auto makers are going to sell EV's in the next year or two, if Elon doesn't speed up the release date he will be left behind.
200,000 cars in a year isn't an easy thing for Honda to do let alone a niche auto maker. Add the giga factory and Elon is going "stones" to the walls on this. It is possible he can get production going on the M3 but will he make a profit? Better hope he sees huge savings with the Giga factory when or if that gets up to a mass production rate. 200K cars will take a lot of batteries.
In the end it all comes down to freezing population growth or actually having a declining population world wide. Not going to happen.
I brought that up a couple of years ago. Even 500,000 a year would quickly cause problems for the power industry. According to the green tree huggers by the time a large number of EV#$%$ the street, solar power will fill up the power needs.
That hasn't happened but the cars are coming.
Once again where does commercial hydrogen come from? Natural Gas in a very dirty process.
Hydrogen is not clean except if you are a car maker who has to hit clean fuel fleet numbers. It just pushes the problem away from the auto makers but is not clean.
The guy is smart he's going all or nothing and realizes he needs a bunch of money so the M3 launch gets pushed up. Now if he can hold the price somewhere around $200 or better he'll be doing well.
Because really it doesn't much matter who is president unless congress is behind them. Presidents don't make laws, programs or anything they can only talk and veto laws.