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Internal Alcoa mailing re: Tesla

Discussion in 'Tesla Motors' started by MartinAustin, Sep 16, 2013.

  1. MartinAustin

    MartinAustin Active Member

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    My girlfriend's dad works at Alcoa and obviously they're pretty pleased about how their aluminum is turning out in the Model S. Here's an internal mailing that he forwarded to me -

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  2. Park2670

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    There are many proud investors, and manufacturers that can take some credit for this incredible car.
     
  3. mountaineer

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    Great to see this!

    Questions:

    1. how many pounds of aluminum does a model S use?
    2. When an accident happens, how much more expensive it is to fix than a car with steel body?
     
  4. Discoducky

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    Thanks for posting; very interesting! And, while I hope not pure propaganda, this statement needs some investigation:

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  5. JakeP

    JakeP S P4996 / X P6028

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    I met Shawn Murtha when I loaned my Model S to Alcoa for their annual Board of Directors meeting back in June. He enjoyed driving a Tesla, that is for sure!
     
  6. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    If it's internal, do you have copyright to post it here? Sorry to be pedantic, but we also get irked when journalists copy our stuff without permission so we should respect others.
     
  7. ModelS1079

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    Nigel, well put.
    But...glad I saw this - I always note, as at a Car Show in MA this past weekend, that the car is made from All-American Alcoa Aluminum, as I give her hind quarters a knock. The car I mean.
     
  8. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    Wasn't Alcoa holding Elon "hostage" for a bit late last year?! :) (as I recall, there was this interview he was doing when someone pushed some paperwork in front of him showing how much Alcoa was asking for the aluminum; Elon wondered aloud half-jokingly if he should start an aluminum plant next!)

    This reminds me of a bit from Steve Jobs's biography where Jobs pays tribute to the young CEO of Corning whose Gorilla Glass made the first iPhone's hardy glass touchscreen happen.
     

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