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Torben

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Is Tesla being overrun by its competitors?
« on: January 12, 2018, 09:14:18 AM »
GM is planning to put autonomous steering wheel-free cars on the road in 2019: https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/11/gm-and-cruise-reveal-their-fourth-generation-steering-wheel-free-cruise-av/
   
We all know that autonomous steering wheel-free cars is the future, but 2019? Wow!

It seems to me that Tesla is turning in to a spearhead tech company, which is showing the way for the rest of the industry but fail to keep up when the technology becomes mainstream.

Tesla is still the leader in electric cars but that too is changing. All major carmakers have plans for electric cars within the next five years. If the industry manages to lower the production cost gab between an electric car and a regular car the competition will be completely reset and Tesla will experience a Nokia/Iphone moment.

We have a lot of Teslaís in Denmark and Norway has the highest Tesla market penetration in the world. In both countries Tesla owners are complaining about many weeks of waiting time on service and repairs because Tesla has supply chain and service issues. The simply donít have the muscle and experience that the traditional carmakers have.

So now they are planning to make a fancy semi-truck and they have already sold 1000. Congratulations. I still donít see Tesla as anything but a spearhead tech company.

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Re: Is Tesla being overrun by its competitors?
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2018, 03:49:06 PM »
Yes.

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Re: Is Tesla being overrun by its competitors?
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2018, 05:40:26 PM »
and... spearhead hype company.

Which is cool because they are pushing the future closer.

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Re: Is Tesla being overrun by its competitors?
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2018, 06:41:02 PM »
>I still donít see Tesla as anything but a spearhead tech company.

I am not a fan-boy, but I think it is worth noting a couple of points.

They were the first to mass-produce an electric vehicle.  Without their efforts we would still be talking about Who Killed the Electric Car.  Because of this a lot of people think electric car = Tesla.

These things are everywhere in the Bay Area, a place with a lot of money and influence.   There is definitely a lot of hype around the company; Musk with Tesla remind me a lot of Jobs with Mac.  The Tesla fans are kinda culty and I think that needs factored in here.

The established manufacturers may ultimately produce more low end electric/autonomous cars but I really can't see a future where Tesla isn't at least making high-end vehicles.

Added: We shouldn't put too much stock in GM decision making process