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Comment Re:Reserved Model 3? (Score 1) 179

The Bolt's looking more and more like another compliance car. Notice they minimized any capital investment, outsourcing the drivetrain to LG and building it on the same line as the Sonic. They are only offering it in CARB states and at negative margins of 9k, which happen to coincide with the available ZEV credits.

I think it's clear by now that Tesla is 100% committed to the success of the EV. If the ZEV requirements were dropped tomorrow, GM would ax the Bolt without hesitation. As the old saying goes, vote with your wallet.

Oh, and I don't live in a CARB state, so no Bolt for me.

Comment Re:Solar has ALWAYS been the future, but (Score 1) 504

I suspect Africans will skip coal just like they skipped land lines for cell phones.

For electricity, African's don't have the demand we have. They need to charge their cell phones and run lights. Currently they travel hours just to charge their phone and use candles for light. As for heating, wood works well in many places and is much easier to gather than mining coal. These guys http://www.azuri-technologies.... have a pretty decent effort for solar electric in Africa.

Comment Re:Minecraft.... (Score 1) 161

Way to make his point.

And actually pull up Tesla's financial report before spouting that nonsense. I'll help.

See the lines "Revenues" and "Cost of Revenues", where the former is greater than the latter. That's profit. Something tells me game developers don't require billions of dollars in capital expenses for manufacturing facilities, service centers, etc. Geese, why do I bother. You're probably just trolling.

Comment Re:Here's a thought (Score 2) 161

"never individually bought a car that cost more than $15k" You must be buying used or just buying the absolute cheapest new cars on the market. Don't compare used cars to new cars. You're absolutely right about the depreciation. The smartest thing to do financially is buy a 3 year old car with low miles. It's nearly 50% cheaper, but still practically new.

Now that that's out of the way, let's talk apples and apples. Looking forward to the Model 3, assuming a $35k MSRP, the 5 year TCO should be lower than a $35k BMW or something else in that price range. Why? $1,000 or more saved on gasoline per year. That's at least $5k over 5 years. If gas were to go back up to $3 - $4 per gallon, that would be up to $10k in savings. Reduced maintenance. No oil changes and air filter changes. While these aren't terribly expensive ($200-$300 per year), they're a nuisance. I value not having to carve out slots of time for oil changes.

Early adopter. Being an early adopter is never the financially prudent move. But when you buy your $10 DVD player from Wal-Mart, you should be thankful for the early adopters who shelled out $1,500 for the first DVD players because they made your cheap DVD player possible. Same with EVs. in 2010, battery costs were $1000 / kwh. Today, 6 years later they're under $200 / kwh and more advanced to boot. They're projected to fall under $100 / kwh in short time. This is thanks in large to the high volume producers/consumers of the "expensive" EVs.

There's nothing wrong with being financially prudent, but don't think just because your financial math doesn't work for you today, the math is "bleak" for EVs. And when you're buying your $15k used Model 3 in the future, remember to be thankful to the Model S/X and early Model 3 owners who made it a reality.

Comment Re:this is (Score 4, Informative) 1368

"After going through all of his comments from this past weekend, it seems that Trump definitely wants a database of Syrian refugees, and he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a database for all Muslims -- though he isn’t actively calling for the latter. And we’ll warn you now that many of Trump’s comments strike us as contradictory or confusing."

The last line pretty much sums up Trump's "stances" - contradictory or confusing.

Comment Re:You are entering a carbon-friendly area (Score 1) 693

It would be OK if we were just arguing about different solutions to AGW, which is what you're doing. The biggest problem though, is the denialists argue that we don't have a problem. Actually, they'll take any stance as long at the outcome is - do nothing. You sound like a perfectly rational person, which seem to be in short supply.

Comment Re:But climate change is a myth!!! YODA GREASE (Score 1) 206

Wow. Maximum Pessimism. The ability to travel long distances with an EV is practically here. Fast Charge DC and 200+ mile affordable (average price) EVs coming this year and the next and only increasing and growing cheaper afterwards. Please have a look and plugshare or Tesla's supercharger map. How well do you think gas cars would work without gas stations?

As for "Lithium is inadequate", do some research before stating something so false. Lithium-air, for instance, has a higher theoretical gravimetric energy density than gasoline, given that most of gasoline's energy is wasted as heat. The energy is combustion is not just from the gasoline. It also uses oxygen from the air. Today's lithium-ion batteries used are just adequate, but the potential exceeds that of petroleum. "Batteries are expensive" is so terribly short-sighted. The costs of plunged and are forcasts to continue under $100/kWh. And that's without any advancements. A short look at battery history shows we've come a long way in technology and costs and the EV revolution is driving R&D, which is key.

Comment Re:But climate change is a myth!!! YODA GREASE (Score 1) 206

"AGW is not some immediate problem that needs to be solved tomorrow. It will unfold over decades, and the solution will also take decades."

The consequences will unfold over decades, but the problem is certainly immediate and it should have been "solved"/mitigated 15 years ago. I agree nearly 100% with your proposals as to how to address it. Anyone who thinks to world will revert to Amish style living tomorrow is just naive. The biggest problem we have is ignorance mostly due to the intentional spread of misinformation, the "Merchants of Doubt". We won't agree on how to solve the problem, but it's ridiculous that people still believe there isn't one.

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