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02/19/2011

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Tommy

Thanks Blueandgold63, I completely agree with you about the volt and leaf. they are both me-too EV's. I think people have forgotten that design, engineering and functionality are very important to the consumer. I like both Tesla and Fisker, but their high-end cars the Sporster and Karma are competing in the very narrow luxury market. Yes, Tesla has differentiated itself with the unique design of their battery technology. Apparently Toyota thought so too, and is licensing that technology for their own EV's. The future of Tesla and Fisker lies in the mainstream sedan market. Both Tesla (Model S) and Fisker are pushing for production and delivery in 2012. However, competition is going to be tough. There are 40 other automakers both large and startups entering the EV market. So there will be some fallout. All the factors mentioned above will become very important. In terms of looks, Tesla really knows what they are doing. The Volt and Leak are such ugly cars. Priced lower, but I think consumers are willing to pay a bit more for a luxury look and better engineering.

Blueandgold63

Driscoll is making the mistake of appplying the rules of ICE automaking to the new world of electric cars. He also obviously doesn't understand the new technology. Calling the Leaf and even more incompehensibly, the Chevy Volt, as competitors of the Tesla Model S indicates a
severe lack of knowledge of the territory. And neither is the ultra expensive Fisker hybrid any competitor of the Model S. And as for Driscoll's continual harping about the importance of capital, what I see is a big company (GM) with plenty of capital spending years to produce a car (the Volt) which is practically obsolete as it leaves the assembly line. The cost of developing the Volt : three times what Tesla will spend on the Model S, which is, for all intents and purposes, a completed car, and I fail to comprehend Driscoll's prediction of likely "safety" issues. Any important safety issues would likely involve the battery packs, and Tesla, as everyone familiar with teh EV scene knows, understands more about that than all the battery departments in all the other "major" automakers combined. The problem the potential big competitors face is a lack of knowledge and talent and that will kill you faster than a lack of money. Explain, if you will, how it's possible for GM to spend all that money on the Volt an still produce an ugly, unattractive vehicle whose batteries might last as little as 25 miles, and which, incredibly, cannot be recharged rapidly?

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