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Tesla Motors & Musk, a Retrospective from 2025

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    #1 clmason, Jul 31, 2013
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    July 31, 2025

    WASHINGTON - With annual production exceeding 400,000 units, Tesla motors has changed the global automobile marketplace. Lusted after by Business Executives, praised by Soccer Moms, and subject of lunchroom debate by tweens to grads, their brand has become a global cultural icon. Even James Bond drives the latest introduction, a neon green Roadster Supercar that has a top speed of 225 mph, 500 mile battery pack, and sprints 0 to 60 in just 2.7 seconds.

    Tesla has out engineered the German titans. In a shocking turn of events, both BMW and Porsche have seen sales decline every year since 2020. Mercedes and Lexus, with their strategic alliances, have kept pace thanks to Tesla's drive train program. Sadly General Motors is scheduled to shut down its last remaining factory at the end of the year.

    The critically acclaimed Model S and X family have enjoyed an industry record 10-year dominance over the luxury sedan and cross over market segments. Not only are annual sales forecast to exceed 60,000 units again this year but gross margins are the highest amongst its peers. Even more interesting, Sotheby’s auction house recently sold a 2012 Model S Signature Performance edition serial # 10 for $1-Million Dollars. Among the interesting notes in the auction listing, “…This car was one of the first off the line, however it has been upgraded with a new 500-mile battery pack. When checked by our experts, it was noted that the vehicle includes air craft grade bolts and boron steel inserts.” Said parts were long ago replaced for less expensive components making it a true collectible. And with just 200,000 miles on the odometer, it is still considered very capable. Amazingly, hundreds of S’s have surpassed the 1-million mile mark. No planned obsolescence here, Tesla cars are indeed built to last.

    In 2017, the introduction of the Model E, designed for mass market consumers, followed in the footsteps the Model S. With its affordable $39,995 starting price, Tesla can hardly keep up with demand. The now famous idiom, "True Cost Of Ownership" has become the anthem of the nearly 1-Million strong Model E owner army. The Model E is an amazing feat of engineering with dozens of unique features. It was the first car to offer auto pilot, no side view mirrors and in an clever feat, it is the only car that can be recharged directly by the sun via solar hookup. As a $10,000 option, Tesla will include a foldable solar panel than can be deployed to directly charge the car. Tesla says when left connected for just one day to the solar “Origami” Panel will charge the car to 50 mile range. This feature has created a new population of true weekend warriors who travel deep off grid to enjoy natures finest.

    Arguably the most significant endorsement of Tesla's success is the Los Angeles pollution turnaround. In L.A. thanks to some 250,000 Model S,X & E, the air is cleaner and wildfires are at record lows. Time will tell if this trend continues but scientist say the proof is in 20 year record low local Carbon levels.

    In Fremont, in a maxed out Tesla factory, workers run 3 shifts and produce 1,000 vehicles per day. The one of a kind factory is a net even carbon footprint facility thanks to its near complete coverage in Solar Panels. The factory also houses a small towns worth of amenities including on-site childcare, Medical Center, and Grocery Store. Nice perks for Tesla employees.

    Meanwhile across the country in Detroit where economic collapse has created a blight on the nation, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has plans to revive the city. His purchase of not one but two closed factories were a bargain at just $10,000. Yes, an amazing $5,000 each! In what may go down in the history books as the most discounted auto factory sale ever, Tesla is poised to take over the light, medium and heavy duty pickup truck market. The factories are planned to directly employ 15,000 employees and are sure to provide an economic rebound badly needed in the region.

    When asked what is in Tesla’s pipeline after pickup trucks, Musk who phoned in from Orbit said, "I think it's time we expand into commercial vehicles. Our battery technology has matured to a point where we can redesign the tractor trailer. I think there is a high probability that we will be able to replace America's gas guzzling commercial vehicle fleet within 10 years."

    And if that not enough, Musk 2.0 has already made its mark on the world. Musk’s children have all followed in his footsteps. A sum of 5 brothers, each is involved in high tech venture like their dad. Sons two and three founded Hyperloop Technologies, the magical new high-speed mode of transport. Sons 3 & 4 founded Interlock Construction who’s 1-Billion dollar contract with Los Angeles uses prefabricated Lego-like piece of concrete to repave an entire cities worth of streets in less time ever thought possible. There’s no traffic in L.A. since the project was completed. Just 1 year to renovate and fix the 405! Don’t’ forget the oldest Son, who is poised to take over Tesla just as Elon’s move to Mars is set to take place. After spending 3 years training at Toyota’s largest factory, working directory for Akio Toyoda, he’s earned his keep and is ready to honor Musk family legacy.
     
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    Very nice to read this.

    "With annual production exceeding 400,000 units, Tesla motors has changed the global automobile Marketplace."

    To be able to make an impact on the global automobile Marketplace and to change it, I think you should add a zero to make it 4,000,000 units. And of course there will be multiple Tesla Motors Factories all over the world producing more than 10 different Tesla EV models.

    And you forgot to mention that the global Supercharger network has been expanded to a total of 1,600 Supercharger locations worldwide.
     
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    Glad you enjoyed it. Good points as well!
     
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    Everything except the "auto-pilot" is feasible. Not a bad read at all :)

    ...and by 'feasible', I mean within the 2025 time frame. It will be cost and politics that prevent us from having full auto-pilot by then, not Tesla and Google (who are working to enable it).
     
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    No shame in dreaming big!
     
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    Now write the 2035 piece!
    Very fun to read, thx!
     
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    I think you left out the $2000+ TSLA share price and John Peterson, Jr.'s latest SeekingAlpha article on how irrational the markets have been for the last 12 years.
     
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    LOL- re: Peterson, good one!
     
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    It does put things into perspective. Perhaps the iron man 4 can steal some for plot?

    Anyone I just want to say something so this thread shows up on my watch list.
     
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    Clever post. Thanks for the entertaining read. However, it's kind of sad in your article that Tesla is only produces 400k cars a year in 2025. I'd imagine they'd be producing at least 1-2mm cars/year by then.
     
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    400,000 cars if everything goes well seems realistic. Great writeup.
     
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    #12 vfx, Aug 11, 2013
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    Elon will be returning from space in June to attend the premier of the Paramount produced biopic starring Siri Cruse as his wife, and Truman Theodore Hanks as the Nobel prize winning trillionaire.
     
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    Great read! By 2025, I think Tesla would likely be beyond the 1 million car annual production rate. 400,000 could be reached in six years, using the existing factory.
     
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    Great article ... have to say the vehicle sales number were low though
     

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