Nothing to do with water. Its where a lot of programmers end up - because there are a lot of software jobs in SV.BS.. There is nothing magical in the water in silicon valley that means them better programmers. Although I have met more than my share who think they are Superior because of where they live.
Just note that - this is not by any stretch of imagination a scientific ranking. It is only a ranking of developers who participate in the HackerRank site challenges. It is like a poll CNN or Fox runs. Don't expect the results to look anything like a well designed public poll.I'd like to add to this, if I may. Poland has had tremendous engineering potential for decades. Polish programmers are ranked 3rd in the world. Indeed, the lack of auto industry except FIAT factory in Tychy might be a plus or negative here. In any case, 50+ years of Soviet occupation did not help overall, but Poland has grown out of this swiftly in past 25 years. My vote goes there.
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I would love to see Tesla release an up-to-date estimate of the GHG (greenhouse gas) footprint associated with the production of each vehicle it sells, with a direct comparison to the emissions associated with driving semi-comparable gasoline vehicles, say, 50,000 miles. They could also show the GHG emissions associated with driving a Tesla the same distance, depending on location and use of rooftop solar.Yes, the enviro-friendliness of EV's keeps improving in lockstep with the electrical grid steadily moving to cleaner sources of generation. These improvements are completely separate and in addition to improved technologies that also reduce the carbon footprint (as batteries become more efficient and reduce reliance on rare earth metals and other ingredients with a high environmental footprint). 5 years is an eternity when looking at the rate of EV technological improvements and the carbon footprint of the lifecycle of an EV.
Meanwhile, gas burners just keep burning more and more oil as rings and valve seal sub-optimally and O2 sensors and air mass meters calibration drifts and becomes less accurate with time. Catalytic converters become less efficient, small exhaust leaks develop, etc, etc, etc.
Gas burning cars are rolling environmental disasters compared to EV's.
I think a new at-cost battery swap (e.g. to a modern 100kWh pack) or even purchase of a whole new Tesla at-cost, would be a fair compensation. They certainly have the production capacity. Otherwise, sure, maybe some store credit / Supercharging / partial cash compensation for the range loss** / etc would be fair.
** - So if a new S/X pack is $20k (pure guesstimate; 3 LR packs are ~$10k), and you wanted to compensate for 10% range loss, that would be $2k... .. so maybe let people choose between an at-cost pack replacement, $2k cash, or $3k store/supercharging credits... something like that)
I know the warranty doesn't guarantee a minimum range. But come on... this is about reputation, to your early adopters. Don't break the bank and have to increase warranty reserves, and make clear that you're not establishing a precident, but... do something. Show that you care. Just my take.
That said, lawsuits and investigations sure make it hard for them to, because now, doing anything would seem like an admission that they did something wrong.
Putting aside SolarCity and Energy and only focusing on Tesla Autos, Tesla can only cut in 2 areas: R&D and SG&A.
R&D is about $1.2B a year and SG&A is $2.3B per year.
It's difficult to cut SG&A as you grow due to the need for service centers, back office administration, etc. Cuts in R&D. although discretionary, mortgages the future (what do you cut? Autonomous Driving, Semi, Pick Up, 1M mile Battery, etc/)
The best way to get profitable is to increase the margins on the car sold and sell more of them to cover fixed costs in SG&A. They are aiming to grow Gross Margin Dollars faster than growth in R&D & SG&A dollars. This will come faster than people think, Once Model Y is into it's 2nd Qtr of deliveries, I believe Tesla becomes profitable each quarter. Higher pricing for FSD will also add to profitability and that's icing on the cake.
So many people make bad assumptions about how "terrible" battery manufacturing supposedly is, and how "wasteful" it might be to produce a new EV when their existing gasoline car still works fine.
My sister is a manager at Nordson EFD Precision Dispensing Systems & Equipment | Nordson they are/were a vendor for Tesla. I just broke the news to her
No. Tells me that she would only purchase one if it were made by Apple. Also, Apple is a huge customer (the watch uses their dispensers during manufacturing) another tidbit, their contacts with Apple are always changing. They (apple) seem to have a large turnover with middle managers at the manufacturing level. CNBC should be reporting that, don't you thinkNice. Does she have an EV?
He said the number was more than 10, less than 100. And that was before the currently known and planned optimizations. There's a reason there are no shovels in the dirt at GF1 Sparks right now: Tesla can continue to expand bty production there without increasing the building's footprint.Elon says the world needs 100 Gigafactories.
He said that back when production capacity at Nevada GF was expected to top out at 35 GWh.
From the SEC filing:
Well technically it isn't a loan, it is a line of credit to be used to cover vehicles in transit from Fremont to China. It just allows them to get "paid" before the cars are actually delivered. (Or at least that is how I am reading it.)
From the SEC filing:
"On September 26, 2019, Tesla Automobile (Beijing) Co., Ltd. (“Tesla Beijing”), a subsidiary of Tesla, Inc. (“Tesla”), entered into a Facility Agreement and a related Statement Letter (together, the “China In-Transit Financing Facility”) with China Merchants Bank Co., Ltd., Beijing Branch (“CMB”) for an unsecured 12-month revolving facility of up to RMB 5.0 billion to finance vehicles in-transit to China."
So Tesla is accessing more revolving (90 day) loan money to deliver buckets full of Chinese-made Models 3. That's roughly enough money to finance 14K Model 3s at a time.
Further, if Tesla can simple maintain its existing 18 day's of inventory benchmark within its operations in China, then the above is also a big enough revolving loan for approx. 270K cars per year. So that syncs up will with initial production targets for GF3 Phase 1 at 5K/wk or 250K/yr achieved sometime in 2020.
I think I just heard the mike drop.
The Singapore government has quite famously been saying that EVs are overall worse for the environment than ICE, when you include construction / battery and hence there is close to zero penetration here (you see a few BYD taxis). Very smart and wealthy Singaporeans believe what the government says. I really wish there was a dedicated unit at Tesla to counter bad info, not just in the media but among policy makers around the world. It’s not just about the stock price...I would love to see Tesla release an up-to-date estimate of the GHG (greenhouse gas) footprint associated with the production of each vehicle it sells, with a direct comparison to the emissions associated with driving semi-comparable gasoline vehicles, say, 50,000 miles. They could also show the GHG emissions associated with driving a Tesla the same distance, depending on location and use of rooftop solar.
Of course, having a slick presentation of this data on tesla.com would be best. The goal would be to help market the cars to environmentally-minded people. Recently, I gave a talk on EVs to a local environmental group and I sort of regret that I didn't provide more crisp details as to just how environmentally superior Teslas are. (The talk went well overall, thankfully, and I got lots of interest and questions.) So many people make bad assumptions about how "terrible" battery manufacturing supposedly is, and how "wasteful" it might be to produce a new EV when their existing gasoline car still works fine.
BS.. There is nothing magical in the water in silicon valley that means them better programmers. Although I have met more than my share who think they are Superior because of where they live.
Nothing to do with water. Its where a lot of programmers end up - because there are a lot of software jobs in SV.