First I though maybe, maybe Lutz has a point but then I saw his thing about building a hybrid, which proves that he doesn't grasp what Tesla is about. So I disregard all of his statements as ignorant.
For Tesla to build an ICE hybrid is so utterly far fetched and against all logic so one can't even begin commenting on it.
If Tesla would build ICE hybrids then Lutz needs to start a company that builds horse /gasoline hybrids.
Spot on! I saw that at the end and contrasted that to his first paragraph about service centers being too costly.
That may be true of an ICE service center, but what has Tesla got in theirs Service centers? A few specialized computers and a handful of wrenches. There's non of the equipment that is needed to support a conventional ICE car, and hence the cost is less - probably even less than an Apple store!
So when he gets into the point that Tesla should build a Hybrid - wow, does he totally prove he has no idea what Tesla is all about. Tesla would surly fail if they tried - Tesla's support infrastructure is designed for Electrics only, and to introduce ICE's into the support model would be a disastrous step backwards. It _WOULD_ make them more appealing as a buyout target however, because then the other automakers would be buying something they are more familiar with - outdated technology.
ANd don't even get me started on the $loss per vehicle- we all know how to "lets have fun with charts and numbers" - I'm sure BMW et al is losing $$ as well, the difference is, they have more fat on the bone and can afford to dilute the market with garbage.