Obama doesn't understand this at all. Here what he says: "Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket." He needs to be educated. Without his support, affordable renewable energy just won't happen. Maybe better luck with the next administration.
Regarding brake pedals sinking to the floor, I can tell you this for sure. Tesla engineers know exactly what the problem is, and they know how to fix it. Tesla has made a business decision to allow it to persist and deal with it through warranty.
P.S. - The root cause is not rusty brake rotors.
I can tell you this for sure. Tesla engineers know exactly what the problem is, and they know how to fix it. Tesla has made a business decision to allow it to persist and deal with it through warranty.
Every move by Tesla has been to cut the cheap end products and add to the high end of the lineup. In reality, it's their only way to survive. The Model 3 (as originally conceived) was dead long ago when they killed the S40 and added $5000 to the P85. The direction then was clear. Today, it's even clearer.
"Profitable now by any measure!!!!! if they stopped expanding."
This statement is true only if they lay off people and prepare to go out of business. In fact, their operating expenses are not extraordinary in any way. It reflects the cost of doing business in the auto industry. Look back on all of the quarterly statements. They have never shown a profit from automotive operations, even with ZEV credits added in. How is that profitable by any measure?
MS, I think your measure of Net Current Assets is a good approach. Just to clarify, when money is spent on the GF, does that simply become a real estate asset, resulting in minimal change to Net Assets?
My guess is that there's some delay in PPAP approvals. You can't start production until all components are PPAP approved. Otherwise you end up with quality issues and parts shortages. Not acceptable to a company that's rated highest in customer satisfaction by CR.
Well they're going to need a partner in China if they want to sell in volume. I'm not sure whether they get to choose, or whether the marriage is arranged by the party in power.
"2014 USA Tesla sales were not a big increase"
Increase? On the contrary, I'm seeing a decrease of 1400 in the US in 2014. That's despite a record 5840 US deliveries in Q4.
Undoubtedly, there were a large number (thousands) of inventory cars available in December. The question (for me) is how many there were left on Jan 1. I'm thinking 1000 to 1500. That's why I'm thinking 9900 deliveries for Q4.
Ahoy, that's correct. And in addition to loaners and demos, there are also brand new inventory cars available. I'm thinking that the majority of them were from people who cancelled 2WD orders to upgrade to P85D and S85D. It's unclear to me whether this is a temporary situation or part of an ongoing sales strategy. I suspect the latter because several sales offices are being moved to former car dealership locations.
The south pole is far more habitable than Mars. It comes with air and water. All you need to add is food and shelter. Iridium phones work there, too.
Maybe after a few years of human activity on the planet, we can raise the CO2 concentration and effect a climate change.
I wouldn't worry about sunburn. Most of the colonists' time will be confined to their pressurized habitat. On outdoor sojourns, the will be outfitted much like Apollo astronauts. In no circumstance would they have direct exposure to the sun.
With regards to a satellite network, Elon has the benefit of historical hindsight. He can see what Iridium did wrong and make improvements. In this case, he realized that Iridium simply did not have enough satellites in orbit. Similarly, he examined the design of previous gull-wing doors and concluded that they did not have enough hinges. And he figured out a way to fix that, too.