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About Vijay Govindan

Vijay Govindan Vijay Govindan is a Cleantechnica writer part-time. Through his writing Vijay seeks to elevate the realized potential of humankind. Against human trafficking. Tesla Model 3 LR owner. His claim to fame is Tesla and Elon have commented, liked or re-tweeted an article he wrote with the Tesla community. Just once. ;) https://cleantechnica.com/2019/06/23/our-new-tesla-myths-page/ #WeChooseTesla, #RenewableEnergy and #YangGang supporter. Long Tesla shares. Has a healthy skepticism of the Q branch of the Tesla investment community. Made it to one $tslaq block list. Follow him on Twitter @vijaygovindan17. If you read this far, wow, 👏🏽 and 🙏🏽.



Author Archives: Vijay Govindan

Our New Tesla Myths Page

June 23rd, 2019 | by Vijay Govindan

As part of my efforts to fight untrue Tesla myths, I recently engaged the Tesla community to create a Tesla Myth Busters FAQ page. I sent out a call to “assemble a full-fledged myth-busting campaign,” and people responded. We simply want to set the record straight regarding various Tesla myths. Thanks to the Tesla community who heeded my call, this first draft was produced in just four days, which is astonishing and wonderful when you think about it


SlimFold Wallet Is The Fashionable, Eco-Friendly Wallet You Crave

June 3rd, 2019 | by Vijay Govindan

I recently conducted an interview with Dave Zuverink, Founder and CEO of SlimFold. I was tired of my old, thick, leather wallet and wanted to see if I could replace it with a thin vegan one. I found SlimFold, ordered a wallet, and contacted Dave Z. to see if he wanted to do an interview for CleanTechnica. Thanks to Dave for answering my questions!


Tesla, Move Your Investor Conference Call To 6:30pm PST!

May 28th, 2019 | by Vijay Govindan

Scientific evidence has shown that our mood varies through the day. Not only does our mood vary, though — the optimal times for doing heavy thinking or being creative occur at different times. It’s not the same for every person. This is the focus of the chronobiology field


9 Ways Tesla Network Can Help You Make Money

May 17th, 2019 | by Vijay Govindan

My previous article showed how an off-lease Model 3 would set Tesla up for success using the Tesla Network. When most people think of the Tesla Network, they will most likely view it as a ridesharing service. The flexibility of robotaxis means that options not possible today will open up in the future


Tesla Model 3 Lease vs. Loan In UK, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, & China

May 5th, 2019 | by Vijay Govindan

For this piece, I will use the information on Tesla’s website to determine if paying cash, taking a loan, or leasing is the best option if you want a Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus (SR+). The twist here is I did these calculations for Switzerland, Norway, the Netherlands, China, and the UK. These were some of the most popular markets for Tesla in Q1 2019. I added in the UK, since it has been suffering for 3 years and deserves some attention


8 Things I Learned From Tesla’s Q1 Delivery Announcement

April 4th, 2019 | by Vijay Govindan

Congrats to Elon & Tesla for an excellent quarter! These were a unique set of challenging circumstances and Tesla did great.  I would like to apologize to Maarten. I shared with him many of the tweets and links on expectations for Tesla’s Q1 results. Enraged, the G.O.M. ("grumpy old man") valiantly made a prediction. He took the blow instead of me


Tesla Model 3 vs. US Incumbents — Gun In A Knife Fight Or Fair Fight?

March 18th, 2019 | by Vijay Govindan

I recently ran a Twitter poll to decide what to write about next. The top article the voters asked me to write was an article on how the Tesla Model Standard Range (SR) competes against models from incumbent auto manufacturers. The wonderful thing is that Tesla is now price competitive, without incentives. It is very competitive on a total cost of ownership basis. With incentives and TCO factored in, the Model 3 is tough to beat. Let’s take a look


In Tesla Earnings Week, The FUD Strikes Back — #Pravduh About #Tesla Report 22

February 4th, 2019 | by Vijay Govindan

Last week was earnings weeks for Tesla. We are going to change up the report a bit this week and discuss the top 5 FUD headlines before going into the regular #Pravduh about #Tesla report. My "kudos" to CNBC for covering Tesla in every which way possible, some of which I didn't know existed or wanted to exist. I'll start with two CNBC pieces


Tesla Q4 Financial Estimates — Tesla Will See Profits, Just Not As Much

January 19th, 2019 | by Vijay Govindan

I received quite a few comments that running Tesla’s finances through a lemonade stand confused readers. I realized two things. People without a financial background loved it. People who fully read Tesla’s SEC filings for a mid-morning snack hated it, or at best tolerated it. ;)


Tesla’s “Impossible” Task #9: Paying Off Debt In 2018 & 2019

October 17th, 2018 | by Vijay Govindan

Recently, there was a misinformed article from Linette Lopez of Business Insider titled “Tesla needs over $1 billion in cash over the next 6 months, and Wall Street is going nuts figuring out where it's going to come from.” I am writing this piece to refute what was said


Tesla Q3 Financials Estimates & My 99.6% Accurate Delivery Estimate

October 4th, 2018 | by Vijay Govindan

In the last article I wrote on this topic ("Tesla Q3 Revenue, EPS, & Delivery Numbers: Estimates vs Reality"), I mentioned my overall delivery estimates along with my revenue and EPS for Q3 of 2018. I estimated Tesla would deliver 83,181 deliveries. I was decently close, 99.6% accurate, so I’ll give myself a goal on that


Bloomberg On Tesla — #Pravduh Gone Wild

September 19th, 2018 | by Vijay Govindan

On September 17th, as a person living on Earth, I was so happy to see Yusaku Maezawa and Elon Musk announce they were sending artists to orbit the Moon via SpaceX’s BFR. It gave me hope that one day my family could go to space! A positive and uplifting message. Reality intruded and led me to anger and despair


Tesla Q3 Revenue, EPS, & Delivery Numbers: Estimates vs Reality

September 9th, 2018 | by Vijay Govindan

When companies report earnings, the financial news mentions how the company’s revenue and earnings per Share (EPS) performed against professional estimates. If a company beats both, the stock price will usually go higher. And if they miss both, the stock price will go the opposite way, lower. If either misses, financial analysts will ask management questions on the conference call to get a better idea of how the underlying business is doing



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