Join Date: May 2018
Location: Norco, California, USA
Panasonic relationship with Tesla has been on the edge for quite awhile. All Tesla vendors need to be very careful, Tesla does not place a value on their vendor's goodwill. They will burn them for $1. Expect to see more trouble with vendors not less.
The Model 3 configuration mapping and pricing has been crazy since day one. But it was never realistic to sell inactive hardware for free. Or promise a $35k car that far in advance.
IMO, the managerial mistakes that have cost TSLA the most:
The failure to turn remote charging into a profit center.
Failure to turn their Quality Management System into a profit center.
Selling cars that have software disabled expensive hardware. A better design would have user/dealer added options. "Lego Tech", like we do with computers, houses, and hotrods.
Announcing a Model 3 price and accepting money too far in advance. While it did gain some quick cash, it probably hurt Model S/X sales more than the capital helped.
Failure to understand the SUV market.
Flip-flop on the No Discounts policy each month. Just leave the subject alone. EVs will fall in price over the years, it will mean that inventory will probably have to be price reduced.
Burning vendors and staff. Having a high turnover of vendors and staff is a sign a company is either poor at paying their bills, or has poor managing skills.
Jaguar i-Pace FE Photon Red 20" wheels, "Leaper"
Two Chevrolet Volts in service
24.2 kW x 480v 3ph solar array self-installed.
Last edited by McRat; 04-12-2019 at 07:43 AM.