Unbelievable is all I can say. Even more surprising how these journalists think they can have a flourishing long term career spreading mis-information this way. There must be a market out there for false information.
I'm positive it's in relation to short interest in the stock.
But it was the battery that really turned me off. We were driving it a fair bit throughout the day, in a manner that would've used up roughly half a tank of gas in a comparable internal combustion-powered vehicle. By the end of the shoot, we were literally crossing our fingers, hoping the car would make it to the charging station so it could drive home. If not, all of us realized we'd have an expensive and useless brick on our hands.
Luckily, it made it. But what followed was a 45-minute wait for the car to have enough of a charge for the relatively short commute back to its owner.
It's a completely one sided spread of horribly bad information.
The Like Tesla vlog actually did a great one on misconceptions. They note (and I'm paraphrasing) that cars sit 95% of the time and are driven 5% of the time. The beauty of the electric car is that it charges primarily in that 95% of the time. Where as the ICE car gets gas while you're driving in that 5% of the time. When you put it into perspective that way, getting gas while a shorter time each time is substantially more inconvenient.
The Oil Industry. Follow the money. The Oil Industry. Who has the most to lose? The Oil Industry. Who is not investing in alternate energy sources? The Oil Industry. Who is willing to sacrifice principles for corporate gain? The Oil Industry. Who is willing to stoop to any dirty trick to stifle competition? The Oil Industry. Who is afraid of Elon Musk more than the incompetent, unimaginative EV auto makers? The Oil Industry. The Oil Industry. The Oil Industry.
I think it is deliberate. Look at the ratings of most analysts that went public. They are morons and media is just looking for sensational news, what better than to attack Tesla. They did the same thing with Apple 1999 when the Titanium Powerbook came out.
"It will never last", "Nobody knows how Titanium works", "Titanium is mined by children",... Mine still works and Apple still is alive it seems.
Interestingly, most of what we think of as "oil companies" actually do see the "writing on the wall", and they are investing in other sources of energy. Of course, they make all of their money from oil today, so they'll continue to do what they can to protect the cash cow.
From my view, Tesla really only has two major selling points that can keep the company afloat.
1) Charging Network
2) Auto Pilot
At this point I don't see any realistic competition for a widespread charging network, so Tesla has this point pretty well tied up for the time being. Kudos, Tesla!
On the auto pilot point, Tesla is definitely ahead of the competition when it comes to fielding AP to customers. I would guess this will be a fairly short-lived advantage though, as many of Tesla's EV competitors are actively working on their own AP programs.
So, if a customer only wants an EV for local driving, there really isn't any significant advantage to Tesla over less expensive options. Where Tesla gets my $ is in the quick charging network. I want to be able to take my EV on road trips. For the foreseeable future, Tesla is the only viable option in this arena.