A man attacked a MX with an axe yesterday in Santa Barbara, CA. He told police after arrest that he did it because he hated Teslas.
Jaguar finally got around to unveiling its iPace this past week and it looks pretty good. Welcome to the party, Jag, finally. What frosts my behind is how the automotive press is behaving, and I don't mean the Seeking Alpha curmudgeons. They're comparing the iPace to the MX. Frankly, a comparison to the as yet unveiled MY would be more apt because the iPace is considerably smaller than the MX. They say the iPace drive well; I'm sure it does. It's also danged expensive, or looks to be given Jaguar hasn't released a real price list yet but they say the entry price will be around $70,000. I saw one article where the writer crowed you could buy two iPaces for the price of one Tesla P100D. Well, duh, talk about apples and oranges.
I've watched the press hammer Tesla for not getting the M3 up to 5,000 units per week. Well, where are we? By the end of this month production should be around 2,500 per week hitting the 5,000 mark by June. What did Musk say early on when they opened the door to reservations? He thought they'd hit 5,000 per week by the end of the past quarter. As it stands, it looks like Tesla is going to be six months late or thereabouts. The press, including stalwarts like CNBC and Forbes have been crucifying Tesla over this.
After all this time, haven't they learned to speak Musk yet? Take the date the every optimistic Musk gives you, add 6-12 months and then you have when it will happen. Is six months really all that terrible? For people holding reservations, sure. But is it the end of the world? No, it's not. It's just Musk being Musk like Jobs was Jobs.
Say Elon had give a less rosy projection and predicted results closer to the now real timeline. Would that have helped? I doubt it. The stories would be about how Tesla is having design problems on the never to be seen M3 is my guess. Tesla would still be getting hammered.
Take this into account. Tesla has so many orders, and not just for the M3, they're having trouble meeting demand. Folks with M3 reservations are not dropping out in droves. They appear to be waiting. Meanwhile, just about every other ICE maker experienced big sales declines in February while Tesla's are projected to be way up.
They harp on Tesla Energy. All they've done is to build a factory in Buffalo, NY, the deindustrialized North, that will churn out solar arrays and new fangled solar shingles that will shut up every stick up the keister HOA in America. What do we hear there? Tesla can't get stuff out the door when they actually are starting to ramp up. This new factory is employing thousands of people adding jobs to a product designed and made in America. Meanwhile, the press scoffs even criticizing Tesla's brilliant move to open booths in Costco, some retail outlet like that.
The entire world watched as Space X's boosters floated to earth and landed right where they were supposed to after launching Musk's Roadster into space. He was criticized for that too, btw. What was he supposed to send up on a test flight, 100 crates of bananas? I thought the Roadster with a dummy astronaut was cool.
Tesla's Energy division also came through like champs to stabilize Australia's power grid and is working beautifully using industrial size Tesla batteries. Tesla went down to Puerto Rico and installed solar arrays with batteries to get 1 or more hospitals back on line after the hurricane hit while power was still out for most of the island.
The Boring Company is getting permits and is succeeding at coming up with an amazing way to cut the cost of tunneling. The hyper loop is no longer a pipe dream. I saw a car designed by another company the other day to carry passengers. They've already achieved 387 mph on the test track heading toward 750 mph.
Here you have an upstart company that singlehandedly is forcing the auto industry to finally leave the stone age behind. Space X is creating excitement not seen around the space program since the early 1980s. Tesla Energy is innovating like crazy with governments all over the place lining up to buy the systems. Tesla is even participating in a project in Australia that will turn 50,000 homes into a virtual power station reducing electricity prices. This company employs 33,000+ people and it's growing.
Here we have an American company that is not out sourcing, that makes amazing cars that btw helps fight climate change, and is reinventing the way we get power in our homes, and on the side is showing us science fiction stuff we haven't seen in decades in space.
What do they get? Constant, unwavering criticism for every freaking flaw, especially missed deadlines.
Hey straight press, get over it. Musk is going to be off 6-12 months because he's optimistic. That's just what happens. What's important is that it happens.
That's not to say Tesla is flawless, but tell me another company that has so consistently come up with so many jaw dropping innovations other than Apple in the first decade after Jobs returned from exile? I can't think of one. Some incremental change in a noisy, dirty ICE engine doesn't cut it. I get it that Tesla/Musk are rattling some big cages with what they're doing, but as a people we used to celebrate this stuff. Isn't the motto of capitalism "creative destruction?" Our grandparents went gaga over those new fangled airplanes in the 1930s that were cutting days off a coast to coast train trip. All it appears Tesla gets is guff and more guff, including MX axe murderers.
I don't get it.