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How about a bridge to Model III in a economy Model S.

Discussion in 'Future Cars' started by Jeff Songster, Feb 4, 2015.

  1. Jeff Songster

    Jeff Songster New Member

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    Why not provide one model of the 60 that has a lower price and is the best possible range options. Maybe a 180hp motor with the skinnier tires for lower rolling resistance. Top speed of 90 and an eco mode to go maybe 250 miles easy at lower price? Eco Model anyone?:confused:

    I know it goes against the brand... but it would probably get the 150 to 200 milers pinched back hard... and prep the way for the model III without much expense.
     
  2. santana338

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    That is called buying a used S60 and modifying it (skinny rims/tires)
     
  3. SmartElectric

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    Simple.
    Tesla is constrained right now on the amount of battery cells they can obtain from Panasonic.
    This effectively limits the amount of cars they can produce.

    Selling a cheaper Model S would harm the profit of Tesla at the current moment, profits that need to be re-invested to fund the Giga factory, Superchargers and other R&D.

    The P85D was an effective way to raise more profit with the same number of battery cells used.
     
  4. Rifleman

    Rifleman Now owns 2 Model S's!!!

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    Plus, none of those changes would drastically cut the cost of manufacturing a Model S, and thus would not allow for it to be offered at a lower price.
     
  5. omarsultan

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    One of the rules of portfolio mgmt for a premium brand is don't drop price - instead you maintain price points and add features & functionality. Apple is the master of this - their iPhone price points rarely move, even though capabilities increase between subsequent models.
     
  6. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    There are a some folks waiting for a Model III because it's smaller rather than--or in addition to--the lower price point.
     
  7. WarpedOne

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    Such changes would suffice for *maybe* $5000 lower price. Battery itself would still cost same $37,102
    Tesla would end up with an expensive model s that noone would want. They've already offered an 'economy Model S' - S40 that was canceled before first delivered car. The economy of a cheap and good EV just doesn't work out yet.
     
  8. santana338

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    Yes the S40 was cancelled, but not because of the economics of building a less expensive EV. There was just not enough demand in the pre-order phase. If the OP had been around during that time and pre-ordered, he could be like me! ;) Driving the cheapest Model S out there...
     

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