Submitted by Bubba2000 on March 16, 2013
I read that Porsche sold something like 27K 911 cars including various derivatives like the turbo, etc. They are among the most profitable car companies in the world in terms of profit margins, etc. The car is actually quite complicated, especially the engine, transmission, drivetrain, etc. Assembly uses a lot of labor. Model S with less moving parts should be quite profitable, especially with all the automation.
On the demand side, Tesla needs to install the cheaper 50-100 Amp/240 chargers. They may cost 1,000-2,000/charger in places like hotels. etc. $10,000 (price of house in San Francisco) may pay for 5,000-10,000 chargers nationwide. Not as fast as SC, but good enough, especially if they are ubiquitous. Takes range anxiety away. I think this would drive demand.