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Comment: Re:Does the math work out? (Score 1) 154

by Hognoxious (#46801543) Attached to: Why Tesla Really Needs a Gigafactory

Many high end restaurants do in fact grow part of their own produce

By "many" you mean "about three", and they're all within 200 yards of Google HQ, where you find the kind of people who'd spend thirty bucks on an ethically sourced sustainable cress sandwich.

Even with savings aside, this could really benefit Tesla because the battery market is driven by other industries with different needs.

I'm not going to say that an electron is an electron, and there are probably trade-offs to be made in designing for, say, peak power versus overall efficiency. But there are plenty of battery powered vehicles out there already, and I remain to be convinced that the Tesla needs something that isn't already there.

From Steve Jobs' will:

... and to Elon Musk I leave my reality distortion field ...

Comment: Re:this is why I leased my Leaf (Score 1) 154

by Hognoxious (#46801455) Attached to: Why Tesla Really Needs a Gigafactory

I think it's a pretty fair comparison.

Well you're wrong. A comparison should be like for like. The fact that you've owned both of them does not constitute fulfilment of that condition.

It's like claiming that New Zealand and Ivory Coast have the same murder rate because you've been to both and (sadly) didn't get killed.

Comment: Re:volume (Score 1) 154

by Hognoxious (#46801389) Attached to: Why Tesla Really Needs a Gigafactory

A battery company is quite happy if the market price of a battery remA battery company is quite happy if the market price of a battery remains high. An EV company wants it as low as possible.ains high. An EV company wants it as low as possible.

Marvellous.

First question, is there only one battery company in the world?

Second question, what has price got to do with cost?

Comment: Re:this is why I leased my Leaf (Score 1) 154

by Hognoxious (#46800161) Attached to: Why Tesla Really Needs a Gigafactory

IN FACT, the amount of money I USED to spend in a month, just buying gas for my old car, is $80 less than the monthly lease payment on the Leaf (and of course, I knew this going in, which is why I did it).

That's not really the right comparison, is it? You should really be comparing it to running a similar-sized conventionally-powered car like a VW Golf.

As to depreciation, leasing can't make it disappear, it can only hide it or redistribute it.

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