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Is Tesla A Game Changer?

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  • Why is lethal acceleration a game changer? Lots of cars have that; however most of the really fast cars are driven by people who expect that sort of thing to happen. Of course, all the crashed Vipers suggest I may be wrong about that last part.
  • crkyolfrtcrkyolfrt Posts: 2,346
    edited October 2013
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/news-sources/?mid=prnews.20131003.- NY91628

    Looks like Tesla vehicle fires are pretty quick to happen when involved in normal everyday incidences. Lately a rear-ender, and the next day with another, road debris flew up and started a fire. I guess it isn't really necessary to point out where the fires occurred in both cases? Let's just say it wasn't from a gasoline storage tank.

    The stock price has been reflected by these incidents too..there goes your aspirations of the 200 buck threshold for awhile..might be quite awhile if some more of this bad press starts to gain a bit more momentum.

    If my post has a hint of unsympathetic undertones, it's because you would think that since Tesla places the batteries so low in the chassis (a good thing) that they would properly protect them from basic common everyday hazards like kicked-up road debris. That challenge is not rocket science.

    If this latest news is true, then it seems that some of the more rudimentary bases haven't been covered and that has to cause some investors a caution or two. I know it would me if I owned the stock.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,118
    While very quick acceleration isn't Tesla's primary attribute, I think most buyers know that it's one of the car's qualities. Now, you could argue that most buyers don't have the skill to use all of that power, but that's true of many cars. The competent chassis and low center of gravity of the Model S suggest that the car's power and handling capabilities are in similar balance with competing powerful luxury sedans.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,914
    Lost in the smoke and the ~10% stock price drop is the news that Tesla has "reached an agreement with the Virginia dealers' group and state Department of Motor Vehicles " to sell cars in Tyson's Corner. They still have to get the license from DMV. (Automotive News)
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,118
    It'll be interesting to see to what extent the fire affects the value of used Teslas. Any guesses?
  • crkyolfrtcrkyolfrt Posts: 2,346
    I think it will depend on how many incidents end up with a fire.

    Impact protection should not be that hard to address..certainly not from usual road debris being thrown up. If fires are happening due to other more invasive impacts like collisions, then maybe the batteries are sensitive to shock deceleration values? Who knows, but I find it odd that their crash worthiness claims don't seem to be standing up in real world use.

    It could also be negative media fear mongering, or even stock manipulation...all hurdles that new companies trying to get a foot hold in the market must endure till reputation either exonerates or condemns.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,914
    The driver hit the debris in the HOV lane.

    It was sabotage. :shades:
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,886
    Fun issue would be if a normal car would self-immolate if it struck the same debris.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,914
    edited October 2013
    I just get flats. :sick:
  • crkyolfrtcrkyolfrt Posts: 2,346
    That's probably cuz you do all those rutted back roads spotted with jagged rocks and downed spruce tree twigs jabbin' 'em..
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,886
    edited October 2013
    Of course, as you might as well live above the Arctic Circle :)

    I am curious to know exactly what the Tesla hit.
  • squirrel suicide bomber?

    I have always feared that they may organize some day.

    RE: Sure the media may jump on this, and Tesla had better be ready for it, or future incidents, and not come up with that odd statement (and vague one) they offered for the fire--basically saying that the passenger compartment didn't burn because "of the way Teslas are built".

    Actually I'd like to hear a Tesla engineer's explanation of statement. A fireproof firewall and trunk bulkhead? Asbestos carpeting? What?
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,067
    Rich socialists? Do they rob from each other and give to themselves?
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,626
    edited October 2013
    Oil money, Lem. And high education levels. They are pretty much a monolithic culture remember. I think they are pretty much all on the same page when it comes to issues of the general welfare of the entire population. They do "big picture" better than we do.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,886
    edited October 2013
    Oil money, subsidized defense, stable fairly homogeneous demographics. When you only have to spend money on yourself, you can do more with it, and do a better job at looking after your own people.

    I suspect when they give gifts to the top few, it doesn't result in decades of devolution as it has here.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,914
    This is what Tesla is saying on their blog:

    "A curved section that fell off a semi-trailer was recovered from the roadway near where the accident occurred and, according to the road crew that was on the scene, appears to be the culprit."
  • Hmmm...I wonder what the people writing the $100K check are going to say about that.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,914
    edited October 2013
    Elon will buy the insurance company and they'll write the check. No problemo.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,886
    I'd like to see it. Maybe these things need kevlar skid plates or something.

    And I bet Musk and his suits do everything possible to keep the driver happy and quiet.
  • Who fixes these things when they break? Pep Boys? :)
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