Discussion in 'Motorized Vehicles' started by Tanner@XoticPC, Nov 17, 2017.
Tesla, Is the Dream of Elon Musk at Risk?
BMW, Germany’s success model?
I think both have very different places in the market and different purposes IMO, and there shouldn't be a bet on one versus the other, because there is no real rivalry between the two. It would be more interesting to see who dominates the low cost e-car market though. I've heard that some unexpected action from India may make some waves there.
Interesting information about the Chinese market though.
(50%) Range loss in the bitter cold | Model 3 Owners Club
I would say why even live somewhere that cold, and then I remember the -40s (F) wind chill in my area over new years. Makes sense that the heater would decrease the range.
Two heaters, one for the battery and one for the people
Except apparently the Model 3 doesn't come with a battery heater, it captures waste heat from the system components to generate heat - although IDK how you are supposed to drive away a completely cold car with no waste heat available - the old cold chicken and warm egg conundrum
Wonder if the charging circuit can generate some of that waste heat. Wouldn't solve parking it away from a charger but might help.
Sergio Marchionne, Ferrari's CEO, had the following to say about the new Roadster: “If there is an electric supercar to be built, then Ferrari will be the first. People are amazed at what Tesla did with a supercar: I’m not trying to minimize what Elon did but I think it’s doable by all of us.”
Marchionne sure likes to backtrack audacious statements, first about Ferrari never making an SUV, and now about the company never making an electric. Point still stands. While the Roadster will be Tesla's halo car, it likely won't get to stay ahead of the electric herd for very long, though it was obvious that competition would be soon to follow.
I'm convinced they're only doing things like this to goad other manufacturers (like Ferrari) into stepping up their game, not actually to be on top of it.
That's probably part of it considering we're talking about Elon Musk here, but I would think the positive effect an out-of-reach product has on the brand's perception is more important. That comes two-fold for Tesla since the announcement of the Roadster has successfully diverted some of the negative press garnered from Model 3 delivery delays.
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