All the recent talk of fires are a non-issue as far as I'm concerned, but a larger societal trend has drawn my notice: http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2013/11/06/end-of-suburbs My general observation is that over the next decade or so, suburbia and exurbia will decline. Younger people generally don't want to live in isolated suburbs. Buying large, expensive houses is also out of the question for younger people who may be struggling financially and cannot afford the double burden of a home and cars. I believe that the consequence of this will be lower demand for automobiles over the long run, at least in the United States. This leads me to these questions: If automobile demand in the U.S. falls dramatically over the next 10-20+ years, how will this affect demand for Tesla vehicles? What happens if the 2 cars/family norm goes away? Will the petrol automobile makers take the hit? Will automobile sharing programs change how people view car ownership?