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Tesla Motors Won't Need More Money, Says CEO Musk

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  1. Fr23shjive

    Fr23shjive Member

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    Some interesting items from the conference call Q&A:

    Other items from the Tesla Q+A call:

    -The 2012 Tesla Model S does not compete with other electric cars, but with premium sedans like the Audi A6 or A8, the BMW 5- or 7-Series, and the Porsche Panamera

    -Tesla expects buyers to order $10,000 to $15,000 worth of options on Model S vehicles

    -The company expects to deliver 5,000 Model S cars during the second half of 2012

    -It looks "increasingly likely" that the Model S sedan will earn five-star safety ratings "in all categories," Musk said

    -The Model X crossover is not cannibalizing sales of the Model S sedan; in fact, "we've seen higher Model S reservations" as a result of Model X publicity

    -The Model X is the fastest-selling Tesla model in history, and generated $40 million in sales since the concept was unveiled last week

    -Tesla plans to sell the Model S and Model X in China; it thinks the Model X crossover in particular will have "a lot of appeal there"

    -After the Model X, the next Tesla vehicle will be a "third-generation" volume car with a price "in the $30,000 range"

    -The company made that decision because, Musk said, it had "gained enough confidence that our battery technology is scalable to higher
    volumes sooner than we thought"

    -As a consequence, the next generation of Tesla Roadster will be "pushed out four years or so," meaning a 2015 model

    -Tesla will provide a complete powertrain--not just a battery pack and charging equipment--to Mercedes-Benz for a future vehicle program



    Tesla Motors Won't Need More Money, Says CEO Musk
     
  2. Tommy

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    Odd the Audi A7, being a hatchback as well, isn't mentioned, which I believe has the look and functionality of the Model S.
     
  3. AnOutsider

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    So:

    2012: S
    2013: X
    2014: bluestar
    2015: roadster?

    I could see there being a gap after X, so maybe 2015 and 2016 (though elon has stated they want to do a model per year)
     
  4. tdelta1000

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    I agree because "Bluestar" and the Roadster could be on smaller platforms then the current Model S platform.

    Maybe the Tesla does not see the Audi A7 as competition...lol
     
  5. Mycroft

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    I think he mentioned Audi A7 and also the Panamera.
     
  6. VolkerP

    VolkerP EU Model S P-37

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    I think the first car off the bluestar platform will be the next gen Roadster. As a sports car, it can sell at higher prices and recoup higher margins which help to cover the development costs for that platform.

    With the Roadster scheduled for 2015, there is a gap at 2014. A possible solution for the "one model every year" statement would mean another car base off the Model S platform. One investor presentation from Tesla featured a coupe (would be silly to be followed by the roadster) and a minivan (but who wants one of these after Model X?).
    I don't see things fit together here.
     
  7. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    The Model X is supposed to start limited delivers in 2013 but will probably be mostly a 2014 start for the bulk of the initial production.


    I agree. I would think they could introduce the next gen Roadster in early 2014 after Model X starts deliveries for delivery in 2015. Hopefully the blue star could start delivery in late 2015 or 2016.
     
  8. JRod0802

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    Hasn't Elon already said that the ~$30,000 comes before the next gen roadster?
     
  9. TEG

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    What about van & convertible on S skateboard?
     
  10. AnOutsider

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    Yup, on the earnings call he said our thoughts were initially right (roadster first), but that they now realize they can do the car for a reasonable price. So, after X, Bluestar.
     
  11. daniel

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    Thanks for posting this. It's all great news.
     
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    And then, a pickup. Right?
     
  13. Sergio Ochoa

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    Is it just me or would anyone else be interested in a electric motorcycle made by Tesla. Shoot, can you imagine if they ever made an electric bike? That would be sweet!
     
  14. AnOutsider

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    I know a guy who builds electric motorcycles. Motorcycles scare me, though. I won't get on one. He does have a hybrid trike, though: Electric assist with pedals. I came close to tipping it over. :crying:
     
  16. ElSupreme

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    Yes! It would probably be the most fun and dangerous vehicle known to man!
     
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    I think the van is next. It would announce very close to the Bluestar.

    Businesses need small cargo EVs!!
     
  18. AnOutsider

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    Let's see if elon makes it "blah". Delivery vans with quad-hinge crouching spider hidden mantis doors?
     
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