Totally disagree on the level of supervision Musk needs. His all or nothing approach and bigger is better policy may pay off big, but it has also put Tesla at financial risk.
Winging things to keep the momentum going, such as starting the gigafactory without proven need, and without major partnerships, is an example.
Sorry to take so long responding, had to go look up "pithy"
as my vocab gets even smaller as I age.
My point is, why sink to their level with name calling? You comment on
continuing insults, but you insult them in the same post. Makes little sense.
“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.”
― Mark Twain
Its actually going to be cheaper to mine in USA?
Did find one blurb on US mining:
In 2010, in USA alone demand for industry-grade lithium was over 102,000 tons, by 2020 that number is expected to reach 320,000 tons mostly due to increase in production of electric vehicles. Yet, USA actually produced only about 5 percent of that lithium. Today Chile and Australia are dominating lithium production.
But with the integration of a new technology that can soon be very well changed in a way that would allow US geothermal power plants to compete with the lowest cost Chilean producers, which currently keep the price at $1,500 per ton. The new developing technology can allow extraction of lithium from brine which gets injected into the ground by geothermal power plants after steam is produced.
Unlike traditional methods of materials extractions that require massive amounts of water, Simbol's technology allows this minimal-energy process to be virtually waste-free. 18 months of lithium extraction in evaporation ponds can be achieved in 90 minutes. A very impressive break-through in the process.
The company that called Simbol Materials has developed this new technology and is currently operating a pilot plant that can filter 20 gallons per minute. The company's first commercial plant is soon expected to begin construction, increasing its production capacity at 16,000 tons/year of world's highest-purity lithium carbonate for use in electric vehicle and mobile device batteries.
Another US based company called American Lithium Minerals is focused on the development of lithium and boron resources in Borate Hills, Nevada. The company´s key objective is to develop a world-class lithium project that will capitalize on ever increasing demand for lithium-ion batteries, particularly for hybrid and electric vehicles.
A $4.5 million exploration and development program is aimed at completing the project at one of the world's premier known lithium deposits and the second-largest boro
" some vendor screwed up " is exactly what Toyota said when they did the recall necessitated by faulty Tesla product.
What do you think Apple would utilize of Tesla's facilities and technology?
There's less and less unique about Tesla as time goes on., and I dont mean that as
a slight, its just that the EV field gets more participants every month.
I just think Apple would prefer baking its EV from scratch.
The concept of time is what allows Tesla's competition to make advances. The major manufacturers could subsidize losses on EVs for years, and that will hurt Tesla's chances of success with the Gen3
Tesla had its time, and then due to delays it has lost much of the advantage it held. Time is not on Tesla's side.
Nice non-response pwdyfan420. I thought it was an interesting point. One obvious difference is the level of competition Tesla will be facing from two dozen well resourced EV and energy storage manufacturers.
I think that honor is still going to BMW, with ~ 18.7 % of the luxury market if I read the chart right at
goodcarbadcar ( net )
Wow, to have a Telsa Koolaid long talk about forward statements is an awaking. That's all Tesla has is forwards statements of maybe someday, 2020 to 2030, having a profit. The competition is coming on quickly, in fact, in avoiding forward looking statements, the competition is here and that's part of the reason sales for Tesla are not growing as projected.
Competition for EVs: Nissan, Renault, Ford, BMW, Audi, VW, GM, Hyundai, Kia, Toyota, Honda, Porsche BYD and Mercedes
Competition for energy storage: BYD, Enphase Energy, Alevo, Sunverge, BMZ, NEC Energy Solutions, Johnson Controls, LG Chem, Samsung, Saft, GE and Mitsubishi