Super gigafactory in Nevada courtesy, Teslamotors
Tesla has 124 Superchargers in the United States, 23 Superchargers in China and 82 Superchargers in Europe. In China Tesla has installed 23 Supercharging locations in 10 cities and several destination-charging stations at prominent hotels, malls and commercial buildings. Tesla says their customers have driven 49 million miles for free using it’s global network of Supercharger stations and that in 2013 more than 80% of their customers use their car as their primary car.
Some of the demand questions left Musk explaining how the orders and deliveries took place and why orders are not a true measure of demand.
Europe, Asia and currency fluctuation
Chief Financial Officer Deepak Ahuja said that if you live n Europe you may want to buy a Tesla now because they will have to raise the price soon because of the currency fluctuation.
Production in China could happen “it’s not going to make sense to transport cars across the ocean, especially Model 3. It makes sense to build it where it is going to be used. I expect a factory to be in China, Europe and more in North America.” Musk said he is in pursuit of helping other OEMs make electric vehicles and has been from the beginning.
Tesla is working with the Chinese government to get on the electric car list. They need to lay the groundwork much earlier in advance of when the cars are delivered in order to have the charging stations etc in place.
Why the Model X will be late – “It is something that should exist”
Musk said it’s Model X Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) deliveries will begin in the third quarter of 2015, “a few months later than previously expected,” and it trimmed it’s forecast for vehicle sales this year to 33,000 from 35,000. Musk explained, “X production depends on production, the bottom end of the car is sorted out but with the gullwing door and second row seats, we’re adding some new stuff that hasn’t been out there.” Musk is sure there will be a great demand once the car is out there because some people want an SUV and some people want a sedan. Musk sees a 50% growth in 2015 (for just Model S) and 2016 “will be higher because of Model X.”
If Musk looked at 2020 the Model X would not be necessary to get to the Model 3, which has been the goal all along. “It will serve to generate great capital to get to the Model 3. I think the Model X will be something special. It is something that should exist”
“Everyone and their Mom”
Do you have a lithium-ion battery that you think Tesla would be interested in? Apparently everyone and their Mom is approaching Tesla about technology improvements. Musk says if you have a cell, send it to them. They are not interested in a powerpoint about the battery cell, just send one cell that works with all the caveats.
Somebody should shot us
Musk said, “If we can’t get 30% improvement someone should shot us.” That’s without taking technology improvements into account, just economies of scale.
What? Only five stars?
In an earlier press release Tesla said that the only car to receive the maximum-possible five-star safety rating from the European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) is the Model S.
It’s not easy being green or 60 KwH
Tesla is discontinuing a couple of car colors and, sadly, the greenest car in the world in discontinuing the color that lends itself to the nomenclature of environmentally clean, the exterior color green and brown. The Model S will not come in dual-motor 60kWH.