Federal investigators released their initial findings Tuesday on a fatal car crash in Fort Lauderdale last month. The Tesla carrying three teenagers was traveling at 116 mph just seconds before impact, according to the National Transportation Safety Board report.
Tesla was founded in 2003, but the world’s flargest automakers quickly surpassed Musk’s vision for electric vehicles. Tesla will never catch up. Shareholders are finally catching on. So should the government, which reportedly gifts Musk’s companies with an estimated $4.9 billion in subsidies.
Estimated subsidies are $4.9 trillion worldwide in 2013 and $5.3 trillion in 2015 (6.5% of global GDP in both years).
China was the biggest subsidizer in 2013 ($1.8 trillion), followed by the United States ($0.6 trillion), and Russia, the European Union, and India (each with about $0.3 trillion). Eliminating subsidies would have reduced global carbon emissions in 2013 by 21% and fossil fuel air pollution deaths 55%, while raising revenue of 4%, and social welfare by 2.2%, of global GDP.
SpaceX — which Musk touts as replacing NASA and colonizing Mars — has been a literal failure to launch. So many of its rockets have burned up or crashed that Musk, for reasons unknown, has made a blooper reel.
As for that Hyperloop, most experts say it’s impossible and unnecessary. “It gives me pause to think that otherwise intelligent people are buying into this kind of utopian vision,” Harvard professor Jose Gomez-Ibanez told MIT Technology Review in 2016. “They’re up against the airlines, and airlines don’t need to install hundreds of miles of track.” Rocket scientist and aerodynamic engineer Leon Vanstone has called the Hyperloop yet another Elon Musk hustle.
On a conference call with analysts in May, Musk dismissed questions about Tesla’s diminishing capital and other dubious claims with name-calling
The question was already answered in the letter
The following 20min or so from “YouTube” were objectively far more interesting
“Elon plays by his own rules,” a former Tesla exec told The Washington Post, “but I think he underestimates the weight of his own words.”
Musk’s attempts to insert himself into the Thai cave rescue show he has less intelligence and even less humanity than we realized. He finally apologized on Wednesday for his disgusting accusations against the hero diver, but only after shareholders demanded it and not without accusing the diver of lying, insisting his own efforts weren’t p.r.-driven but “an act of kindness.”
Alleged rescuer told Elon to “stick the sub where it hurts”
Elon responded inappropriately on twitter
Elon was in contact with the dive team leader the entire time, who told him to continue on his efforts, even if it would be too late
The dive team leader gave them specific instructions on how big to make it etc
Maj. Gen. Chalongchai Chaiyakham, the deputy commander to Thailand’s Third Army, said Wednesday that the mini-submarine would be appropriate for use in open water and that he had heard the technology would be given to the Thai Navy SEAL team.
In a tweet on Thursday, a translator based in Bangkok said engineers from SpaceX, Mr. Musk’s rocket company, trained members of the Thai Navy to use the mini-submarine
Tesla Chief Technology Officer JB Straubel made the comment to USA TODAY this week:
No one should see us as stepping back from solar. In fact, it’s the opposite. It’s like with Model 3. People have come flooding in and are waiting on the product. So now we’re aggressively ramping our capacity.
Personally this is the same, through the referral program I’ve earned 3 power walls, the first dating back to March of 2017 and I was recently informed it won’t be here until 2019
Tesla responded to GTM regarding these press reports and user forum claims. A company spokesperson said that Powerwall deliveries continue globally for orders already placed, and that new orders placed this month will be delivered at the end of 2018 or the beginning of 2019.
Upon Powerwall production ramping at the Reno Gigafactory in 2019, the goal is for retail deliveries and installations to happen within one month. The company added that Solar Roof production is also ramping at Tesla’s Buffalo, New York factory.
As for PV, the company remains bullish on traditional solar for both commercial and residential rooftops and claims a four- to six-week span from sale to install. Tesla had a 16 percent market share for residential solar in 2017, way down from its 33 percent share in 2015, according to Wood Mackenzie Research.
According to GTM these don’t line up – and say it’s part of the Tesla Way
There’s plenty of innovation in the Tesla way, but there’s also a lot of hype, noise and distraction. There’s a clear tendency to radically over-promise and under-deliver. And there’s a cavalier attitude toward one’s own customers, employees and stockholders. We’ve seen all of these qualities in the almost three-and-a-half years since Tesla introduced its storage line and the Powerwall.
The mission-centric Tesla way brought boring batteries into the hype cycle and the public consciousness, and inspired an enormous cohort of competitors and entrepreneurs to focus their lives on the energy storage industry. Now, Tesla needs to manufacture and deliver on the vision its CEO created.
I agree, this is unacceptable, and I sincerely hope JB isn’t feeding the media a line about this when he says they’re aggressively pursuing it
// Why People Cancelling Their Model 3 Orders is Good For You
Idea to improve – Send updates as soon as someone schedules appointment
“Our global customer satisfaction scores for service are above 90% and at a high of 97% for our mobile service program, which lets us service vehicles in customers’ driveways or at their offices. Even in North America where our customer-base has grown by 75% over the last year, customer satisfaction for service has remained consistently above 90%. Tesla has also topped Consumer Reports’ customer satisfaction survey two years in a row, with 90% of Tesla owners saying they would buy the same car again – more than any other brand. While we’re incredibly proud of the customer support and service we offer, we’re always working to improve. Here are some of the programs underway to make sure all Tesla customers have an even more exceptional experience:
Last quarter, we opened a new parts distribution center in California, which has tripled our fulfillment capacity for parts in North America and is helping to expedite the supply of parts to third party body shops. We’re in the process of opening a similar fulfillment center in Europe, which we expect to have the same impact.
For the first time, we’re trialing a small network of our own body repair shops in select markets to accommodate light repairs, with the opportunity to expand the program based on customer feedback and results.
Given the overwhelming success of our mobile service program, we are expanding the program from 25% coverage globally to 40% coverage globally by the end of the year.
While our call volumes have increased dramatically due to the overwhelming excitement around Model 3, this hasn’t impacted our ability to respond to emergency roadside events. We have plans in place to hire additional staff to support customers in the event that they are unable to find their answers on Tesla.com/Support or in their Tesla account.
We are aggressively hiring and expanding in markets where our customer satisfaction scores for service are below average. In Norway, for instance, we have already grown our service team by 30% compared to last year, and we’re in the process of opening a large new service center in Oslo this year. Recent feedback from customers in Norway indicates that the improvements have already made a difference.”