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  1. E for Electric

    February 1, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    Question of the Day: Do you want to get a chance to drive the Tesla Semi? Sign up with Tesla's newsletter through this link to get a chance to win:

  2. Gabriel Vargas

    February 1, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    Tesla doesn't need to tell CA the is logging any miles of self-driving cars because Tesla is getting all the data for every Tesla car and save it on the server, then the developer takes that data and runs simulations on it. Chevy, Google, Apple, etc they need to have many cars running because is the only way to get the data they need it to run simulations.

  3. Shema Eric

    February 1, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    Alex so whats wrong with rewarding your customers with prizes because they believed in you and gave you money to try out your electric car i would reward them too and how do you know that Tesla has not logged any miles because the state of California says so if it is really important i think Tesla has too just they didn't register with the state and i think all Teslas are doing that while the customers are driving them

  4. Shema Eric

    February 1, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    i don't understand you Alex how don't you like almost free things no matter what they are if i got the toy car tesla and i did not have kids i would take it , it's free and i bet that members of my family or my friends have kids so i don't see any problem there only the ones you are creating

  5. IMHO

    February 1, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    I agree the Tesla referral programs have gone way off in the weeds. The worse was the Roadster program where referrer gets $5000 in TeslaCoins (which can only be used towards a $250,000 Tesla Roadster) and the buyer gets free supercharging (which keeps decreasing in value as Tesla changes the supercharging policies).

    Tesla can just make it simple, give both parties $1000 in TeslaCoins. And then have a Tesla store that lets you buy the Radio Flyer Tesla for your kid, or Arachnid Wheels, or a discount on your next Tesla. Or better yet, offer 1% of the total price of the car, and include model 3. So each person can get between $350-$1500 in TeslaCoins.

    When referral programs get too complex, it seems more like a scheme than a plan. Some will call it marketing genius, but to me it just smoke and mirrors and deceptive on both ends. I wondered how a car company that doesn’t make any profit can offer $5000 towards a new Roadster for every model S/X sold. The trick is to get a whole lot of people trying, but as of now only 4 got it 100% free. Most of the others got $50,000 off, which is not enough to make it possible to buy the car, and very hard and risky to find a third party buyer.

    No doubt there will be someone trying to sell his $50,000 discount on the founders Roadster. And what is you got $100,000 off but still can’t afford $150,000 plies the income tax on the $100,000? Either you get screwed or you find a way to collect your “earnings”. This adds unneeded confusion and conflict to what should be a simple program. Tesla’s referral scheme is more like a carnival trick, sure someone can do it, but 99% can’t, and that’s how they make it work.

    The “drive a semi” thing is a little different because you can get it with “fan boost”, and no need to buy a Tesla. It’s a marketing gimmick, but it will only affect those who want to drive a semi and those who want to help without spending money, so it seems like legitimate product promotion.

  6. Ryan Stubbs

    February 2, 2018 at 12:39 am

    What's the name of your other channel?

  7. Geoffrey Adkinson

    February 2, 2018 at 1:12 am

    Hey Alex, if tesla is waiting to release model Y in March 2020 do you think they realized that they can make more sales and better margin by releasing the truck now in 2018-2019. A lot of competition coming for electric suvs and it would be an easier path to more sales if they did the truck. Only one on the market and it only has 80 miles of range

  8. IMHO

    February 2, 2018 at 1:31 am

    Tesla’s $0.5 Billion in Asset-Backed Securities was an interesting move. I guess it was cheaper to borrow against the money people owe Tesla from leases than to actually sell the leases and actually reduce risk. But I wonder why they didn’t sell more junk bonds while there are still plenty of people willing to hand Elon cash, even without the chance of riding the stock level up.

    Elon Musk needs to get the stock price up to around $575/share, and along the way he can sell 5% new shares (8.5 million shares), which will gain $3B-$5B cash. This will put Tesla at $100B market cap and Elon will get his 1% ($1B) bonus, as long as Tesla has $20B revenue.

    The first payout at the $100B market cap only needs $20B revenue. That’s means a price:sales ratio of 5 or more. In 2017 it was 5.4 with an 8.9 5 year average. In other words, all Elon needs to do is get the stock price up and sell a lot of cars at a loss, and he will get the first bonus.

    The goals get easier as the milestones are reached. $150B/$35B only needs 4.3 P/S ratio. $200B/$55B only needs 3.64 P/S. And Since Elon only has to meet ONE of the value requirements per market cap, he can get the first 8 rewards just by getting market cap to $450B by almost any means necessary.

    So of course many people will buy stock thinking they will ride the free ride to wealth up to $3000/share. And they might. If an imaginary crypto currency which has $0 intrinsic value and no backing can sell for $20,000 then why wouldn’t a share of Tesla with an intrinsic value of $28 and backing by Tony Starks be worth $3000?

    I hope Tesla can someday become an Apple or Amazon, but right now it’s not and it has no clear pathway to it. When we look back at giant conglomerates that grew very fast with acquisitions which looked good on paper but kept creating huge liabilities and operating costs. Eventually nobody wants to loan you money and you have no more assets left to borrow money, and selling more stock just drops the stock price.

  9. emmett lockman

    February 2, 2018 at 3:36 am

    I’d rather get a chance to drive a model 3!

  10. gasdorfic muncher

    February 2, 2018 at 4:49 am

    how does the tesla truck radar messure the length of the trailer? …did you go into the software see trailer information on the screen ? does it have to have a tesla trailer to self drive ?

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