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Oppenheimer: Tesla Is An “Existential Threat” To Automakers

January 14th, 2020 | by Johnna Crider

Oppenheimer analyst Colin Rusch this week told CNBC that Tesla has proven to be an existential threat for automakers. He said this while explaining his price hike for Tesla [TSLA] on CNBC's Power Lunch. He points out that "first ground to first car" was less than a year while talking about Tesla's new Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai


Tesla’s Full Stack Disruption

January 12th, 2020 | by Cynthia Shahan

Tesla concepts of mobility outgrew legacy brands from the day the first Tesla rolled onto the market. The new company did not fit into any existing auto-manufacturer slot. Tesla jumped away from the crowd conceptually, and as we can see by now, landed on its feet


Like An Angel Is Pushing You From Behind

January 12th, 2020 | by Alex Voigt

As a CEO of a large global automaker, you have a huge problem of existential dimensions. If you don’t solve it, it’s not just your job that’s lost, but you will be remembered as the person who is responsible for a century-long proud legacy ending


The 2 Big Questions Regarding Volkswagen’s Future

January 9th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

Volkswagen is launching into what could be a huge electric decade that reinvents and rejuvenates the large global automotive group. Yes, the Volkswagen ID.3 — which is sort of supposed to be the VW Beetle or Golf of this century — has some delays. Reinvention can be tough


Tesla & Robotaxi Economics: The Network That Optimizes The Machine

January 9th, 2020 | by Rahul Sonnad

There is a long-standing argument about whether Tesla is a car company or a tech company. This argument is typically made in the context of how Wall Street should value the company. If Tesla is just a new kind of carmaker, it should be valued at something significantly less than its annual revenue — maybe 25% to 50%, like Ford and GM. Alternatively, if Tesla is a tech company, then it could be valued significantly higher. Google, for example, is trading at about 6 times its revenues today, Facebook at 8, Microsoft at 9, and Salesforce at 10 times. Tesla trades at around 3 times its revenues with some profits, while Uber and Lyft trade around 4 times revenues and have never been profitable


No, Tesla Is NOT The Largest US Automaker Ever

January 8th, 2020 | by Frugal Moogal

Over the last couple of days, as Tesla continues on this monstrous run, the media seems to have been noting that Tesla is now more valuable than any US automaker's market cap ever. (Tesla is currently almost exactly the market cap of Ford and GM combined, around $88 billion.) Even though I would now plant myself firmly in the "bull" camp, this is completely untrue, and I think it paints a problematic picture of Tesla


5 New Things Byton Is Unveiling At CES 2020

January 7th, 2020 | by Nicolas Zart

Byton is stepping up its digital life by unleashing more of the potential its M-Byte has to offer at CES 2020. The company made a strong point to deliver more on its future user experience with a wave of content partners that spells the beginning of more to come


Las Vegas Taxi Company Orders Hundreds Of Teslas

January 6th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

Kaptyn, a Transportations as a Service (TaaS) technology company in Las Vegas, today launched 30 Teslas in its on-demand transportation (i.e., taxi) service in Vegas. Initially, I thought, "That's a big order. We should probably cover that." As I jumped into the story, though, I saw it was about much more than 30 Teslas


Tesla Roadster to 2012 Model S to 2022 Cybertruck (Reflections & Videos)

January 5th, 2020 | by Cynthia Shahan

I became more aware of electric cars around 2013, but it was a few years later when conversations popped up with more people who were interested in electric cars, and in particular Tesla (and Elon Musk). Then, from diverse directions, old and young mentioned Tesla. I began sensing the rise of a new kind of techno folk hero


ASR Says It Has A Parachute For Every eVTOL Aircraft

January 4th, 2020 | by Nicolas Zart

Aviation Safety Resources (ASR) — a leading parachute safety company that won one of Revolution.Aero’s competitions earlier this year — says it has a parachute system that will work with eVTOL aircraft, even at low altitudes. I recently spoke with Larry Williams, CEO of ASR, on how the company’s parachute technology works, its application for eVTOL aircraft, and public perception



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