And this is when things all go down the toilet.
Elon Musk and team are not doing this for money. Elon could have retired to an island a LONG time ago and anybody who has the capacity to make it as a key member of his team could doubtless be earning more elsewhere. These people are doing what they're doing because they have a passion and a mission - to advance sustainable transport and to advance automotive tech in a whole host of ways. I'm sure that ALL of these people are working absurd hours, are faced with severe financial constraints and are doing their damnedest to deliver high quality products & systems.
I think they are succeeding admirably. Yes there are problems and yes, they've probably made a few errors or over-promises. And yes some things are late. That comes with the personality type. People who have the guts and brains to reach beyond what exists inevitably fail to see the challenges sometime. That's the way that it works.
This ongoing whining, moaning and complaining that is starting to pervade some corners of this website HAS to be incredibly disheartening to the people who are driving like hell to get this done. And when people start to talk about lawsuits and such I'm sure some of them are ready to throw in the towel.
THIS is how companies like Tesla turn into companies like GM. Eventually people tire of the pissing and moaning and they lose the drive to push or innovate and they start to do the safe things. The enthusiastic engineers get pushed to the back room. The lawyers, accountants and PR people take over and they only commit to deliver what they can deliver without taking much risk or pushing too hard.
NOTHING can build enthusiasm like a group of equally enthusiastic supporters. And NOTHING can kill it like a group of whiners who see only downside and look for the failures.
Personally, I am tired about hearing about why my P85D doesn't deliver exactly 691HP. So bloody what? My P85D in amazing car, goes like stink and never fails to impress. And I'm tired about hearing that they're X months late on the autopilot. So bloody what?! I'll keep my hand on the steering wheel for a while longer while they work out the bugs and look forward to when it comes out. Being able to take my hands off the wheel for a bit is not going to change my life in any significant way.
Let's cut these guys some slack. Shooting off about lawyers, compensation and so-on isn't going to accomplish anything other than, perhaps, to damage the company. Elon & gang are putting things on the market that we shouldn't have seen for another decade.
Let's all have a beer and enjoy the ride.
Totally and completely agree. Too many whingers here. I really wonder what sort of person takes a company to court over something like this. It is clearly money hungry people just scratching for a way, any way, to sponge money out of Tesla.