Submitted by dz4 on Thu, 2014-04-10 10:05
My take on the gigafactory isn't the plan itself, sure we know about global warming and if anyone is serious about making electric cars mainstream there needs to be a focus on a ~35k $, 200mi range product.
But at the moment, with the relative success of the model X still at question, when they make only ~25k cars a year, and before there is even an initial design for the model E, its simply too early.
Tesla could still release the model E by late 2016, with smaller volume.
Delaying the work on the gigafactory by a year or even two years will give it much more credibility and more leverage with suppliers. Global warming is a pressing issue but with a global car market of ~80M its not that 1 -2 years would make the difference and the future of this company depends on the success of this factory anyway.