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Wrightspeed is expanding...Is tesla missing out?

Wrightspeed is expanding...Is tesla missing out?

I wonder if Tesla is not missing out by not having a department to follow/compete with the Wrightspeed model. This has serious potential and Tesla already has the technology; though they would have to come up with some gas burning engine/turbine generator which seems to be anathema to EM. Consider, this market is extremely huge. Every city, town or village has some sort of garbage collection system using diesel powered trucks. The Wrightspped system pays for itself in a few years and the community benefits in noise reduction, less pollution and money saving. Is Tesla missing out?

http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_27358093/green-company-wrightspee...

https://gigaom.com/2010/07/18/a-tesla-pioneer-paves-a-path-for-high-perf...

Dramsey | 21 January, 2015

Tesla designs, builds, and sells passenger cars. Why would they would want to become involved in a totally different market that has nothing in common with their existing business model? You might as well suggest they get into tidal power generation.

Nexxus | 21 January, 2015

The last linked story was from Jun., 2010. Wright said that his new drivetrain would be ready for market in a year. Where is it? It's 2015 already!!

Boukman | 21 January, 2015

@ Dramsey....Why? because it would be profitable. Many large car companies have diversified departments. MBenz has a truck component, Volvo, GM, Mitsubishi and others have as well. Granted Tesla is a young company trying to focus on what it does best but all I am saying is that they should have people watching what is going on out there. Especially concerning an area where they have some expertise already. Attaching a generator to their systems should not be too hard, GM has done it...it can't be that hard

@Go_P...Perhaps you have missed the first link. The reason they are expanding is because of an increase in their contract numbers. They have already converted a few trucks for companies like FedEx (25 orders) (http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1094920_fedex-tests-wrightspeed-elec...)
I think it is only a matter of time before the numbers start piling up.
Anyway, we'll see what happens ....

Red Sage ca us | 21 January, 2015

"Every city, town or village has some sort of garbage collection system using diesel powered trucks."

Most of these in California are being switched over to CNG. It seems the only municipal services that will retain gasoline/diesel powered fleets might be police and fire/life safety. But even among those, CNG seems to be the choice more often than not for those that do not patrol beyond their own borders.

"Why? because it would be profitable."

Tesla Motors does not exist with profitability as a motive. Profitability is a means to an end. That end is not served by using ICE in any form, for any purpose, in any vehicles they may bring to market.

Boukman | 21 January, 2015

@Red Sage...Even with trucks using CNG a system like what Wrightspeed offers would be more economical...
As for Tesla not having "profitability as a motive", I seriously doubt that. EM may be more of a "tree hugger" than the average CEO, but I do not think he is in this for fun. "Profitability is a means to an end"? how nice. I wonder how long EM would keep Tesla afloat if he had to keep it going with his own money with no hope of profitability in sight. EM is certainly to be admired for his vision and other qualities, but he is no monk...believe it.

Boukman | 21 January, 2015

@cmcnesthe ... Sure there are lots of profitable business Tesla could enter and as a matter of fact it has. However not all these business would be in line with what Tesla is already doing. The owner of Wrightspeed is a Tesla cofounder, he saw an opportunity and ran with it. I just thought Tesla might consider giving him some competition in the future...

Earl and Nagin ... | 21 January, 2015

Ian Wright was one of the original co-conspirators if not co-founders of Tesla Motors. I would be very surprised if Musk wasn't aware of his efforts and would get involved if he had the resources to devote. I think that Tesla, SpaceX, and Solar City are probably enough jobs for any one man though.

Dramsey | 21 January, 2015

I think Tesla should concentrate on making a profit, you know, selling cars before diversifying their business model...

Brian H | 21 January, 2015

As Elon says, they'd already by profitable if they weren't expanding so fast. Go talk to Buffett, or someone else with nothing better to do and more money than brains.

Brian H | 21 January, 2015

edit: be profitable

Red Sage ca us | 21 January, 2015

Boukman suggested, "This has serious potential and Tesla already has the technology; though they would have to come up with some gas burning engine/turbine generator which seems to be anathema to [Elon Musk]."

Tesla Motors will never build a hybrid vehicle, or turbine generator, or gasoline burning engine --- EVER. All of them are technologies that have very obvious dead ends when it comes to general transportation. They should be used in the areas that fit them best.

Energy is energy. Electric motors require less energy to do the same work of an ICE. That is why their efficiency has been co-opted to reduce the fuel consumption of hybrids. But it is only a reduction. It is not a cure. No matter how many overdrive gear settings you put in a continuously variable transmission, an ICE will never achieve 300 Wh per mile or less efficiency of operation. Even the Toyota Prius expends 675 Wh per mile.

Boukman | 22 January, 2015

Thans for the response everyone...One last thing...for those of you interested in the market, watch for the Wrightspeed IPO, it's coming....

Boukman | 22 January, 2015

because saving the human race and making a profit are not necessarily incompatible...