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Could Tesla become the primary manufacturer of the Hyperloop vehicle?

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  1. ToddRLockwood

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    #1 ToddRLockwood, Aug 26, 2013
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    This seems like a natural fit for Tesla. They could become the primary manufacturer of the Hyperloop vehicle—not the whole system, just the vehicle itself—and perhaps some of the key external components. The rest of it could be built by contractors or governments, according to Tesla's specifications. This would readily fit into manufacturing mix at Fremont.
     
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    I hope not.

    Tesla as a company has a big enough challenge on their hands. They don't need to be fighting other battles.
     
  3. TonyWilliams

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    Plus, the market for these vehicles will be VERY small; dozens to a few hundred units total.
     
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    I'd think it'd be more in the SpaceX realm of expertise. Low pressure environment, high speed.
     
  5. ToddRLockwood

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    I wonder. If the Hyperloop is a success in California, we could see numerous other locations in the U.S., Europe and Asia. According to the Hyperloop white paper, the California Hyperloop calls for forty 28-passenger vehicles at a projected cost of $1.35 million each, or $54 million total. The system also calls for a propulsion system at a projected cost of $140 million. I'd estimate Tesla's contribution to a typical Hyperloop system to be $200-250 million.

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    Although Tesla's manufacturing environment might be more suited—with their huge metal stamping presses and gobs of unused space.
     
  6. WarpedOne

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    Distinction between Tesla Motors and SpaceX is mostly formal.
     
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    California needs to figure out the Maglev strategy. If abandoned, money has to go back to Feds. Either way, right of ways have to be purchased, plans developed, bonds floated, then the bids go out to vendors. By then I hope the NUMMI. plant will be at capacity. Long time before Tesla or SpaceEx has to cross that bridge.
     
  8. ggr

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    I disagree. The companies have quite different feelings and philosophies. I have toured both. SpaceX has very much a focus on "it has to be right". Tesla, while caring a lot about quality and service, has a focus on "We have to build a lot of these..."

    Don't take me wrong; I'd be proud to work for either of them. It's a subtle disctinction but it is real.
     
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    I have only toured SpaceX but know a few people who work at both. Interestingly the SpaceX people are trying to ramp up production, albeit on a smaller scale. They both are great entreprenuerial companies. We need more like them in this great country of ours.
     

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