Submitted by JoeFee on January 18, 2012
I was going to get the 40 kWh pack and a new 4cl ICE for long range driving when I put in my reservation (P469) what seems like eons ago. My rational then was put the extra 20K toward the ICE and upgrade to a 500+mi pack in 5yrs.
In the time since, I have bought a 2010 Nissan Rouge but now will not buy a 40 kWh pack due to lack of support TSLA has shown toward the 40 kWh pack (e.g. no super charging, no firm commitment for upgrading, shorter warranty… personally I think they will pull this battery option off the table next year). So now I have to go with at least the 60 kWh pack. The other reason is the pricing of the performance Model S. Assuming you have the money, do you now go full bore and upgrade for 0 to 60 @4.4 sec to get a true “super car”? I keep my cars for ten or more years so I see the 40 kWh as being obsolete well before that time (not compared to what is currently on the market but to the pace of innovation by TSLA itself). Conclusion for me: the 40 kWh is DOA so increase my TSLA shares to cover the upgrade to a performance Model S !!!!
Update: I used profit from TSLA & APPL (before the drop) to buy a SIG P85 ! I’m back in the TSLA stock @ 28 for now …. given the "Cliff", I may flip the shares again.