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Elon Musk's Weekend Tweets – What did we learn?



15th April 2019 by Dr. Maximilian Holland


Tesla CEO Elon Musk had a busy weekend on Twitter, and a decent amount of information snippets emerged that will be of interest to present and future Tesla owners. Let us immerse ourselves and review what we have learned.

More about complete self-drive

We have already heard from Musk in an interview with Lex Fridman that he believes that the value of Tesla vehicles capable of complete self-propelled (FSD) driving will increase over time due to their potential to generate income from mobility services in the Tesla network. Musk followed with a series of tweets that shed some light on this question.

First, the Model 3 is designed for a long life compared to other mobility vehicles (conventional taxis, Ubers, etc.) Body and propulsion unit are designed to hold one million miles. Even the battery is designed to operate reliably for 1,500 cycles (nearly 500,000 miles in the long range variant), and it will be relatively inexpensive to replace the battery modules in the future for extremely high mileage vehicles that may be required.

Musk also said that the price of FSD will increase over time, presumably in step by step with its growing autonomic capabilities and hence earnings potential She offers to the owners:

In a bobbin thread Musk agreed that the price rise "about" 3,000 dollars could amount to. However, whether this would be a one-off increase or whether several such price moves could occur as the capabilities of FSD increase is less clear. Musk has made it clear that the now ordered Model Ys includes the current FSD prices and thus is protected from these future price increases. (Side note: Two members of the CleanTechnica writing team may include their orders for the Model Y in part this month.) It's also clear that Musk's basic message is the future pricing of FSD's never again be as cheap as currently. The justification for this, in turn, is the significantly improved functionality over time:

Musk also offered some breadcrumbs about some of FSD's future capabilities:

– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 14, 2019

According to Tesla superfan Ryan McCaffrey there was some confusion in the Tesla ownership community over whether vehicles can be upgraded with the original Autopilot 2.0 hardware FSD or just 2.5-version hardware vehicles , Musk made it clear that all vehicles version 2.0 and later / later can be upgraded / retrofitted for FSD:

Musk has also linked up with our own article by Alex Voigt on The Mystery of Model 3 Demand and made some funny comments on horses: [19659007] Buying a 2019 car that is not completely self-driving is like buying a horse instead of a car in 1919. https://t.co/oEjXdmyJi[19659007-ElonMusk(@elonmusk) April 15, 2019

Haha right. I actually love horses.

– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 15, 2019

Battery Cell Ramp

At the end of last year, we were convinced that Gigafactory 1 was ahead of its original schedule and achieved an annualized capacity of 35 GWh. It looked like it was on track by 2019. Musk shed more light on the current capacity. Although the power output is close to a theoretical (peak?) 35 GWh annualized run rate, the "actual maximum power" is currently only ~ 24 GWh run rate. In other words, the ramp annualized to 35 GWh is still ongoing. The bottleneck is obviously Panasonic battery cells. Because of this, other vendors have been tapped to meet the requirements of Powerwall and Powerpack. In addition, Tesla's revenue in 2018 was significantly lower than would have been possible with a sufficient supply of battery cells. Here are the tweets:

Appeal to the Wall Street Sycophants

In response to another FUD piece on Tesla published last week by the WSJ (which I refer to basically, will not connect), Musk said that the "news sales" is a sock puppet from Big Oil and Bloomberg is almost as bad.

There were some other tweets that related to Tesla, including the term "poetic justice" that could aid Sentry Mode in identifying you were a former traffic district judge who scraped together a parked Tesla and only tracked it down when he was from the Tesla owner was tracked down.

SpaceX

There were also a large number of tweets regarding the great week that SpaceX had just made with its Falcon Heavy Rocket. We will not go through this here because it's not really our focus. SpaceX Proposes Another Landing (Photo by SpaceX)

We will know much more about the progress of Full Self Driving in a week if Tesla organized an investor day for the autonomy of vehicles. Stay tuned for our coverage.


Tags: #ElonTweets, Elon Musk, Horses, Panasonic, Tesla, Tesla Energy, Tesla Full Auto, Tesla Gigafactories, Tesla Gigafactory 1, Tesla Powerhouse, Tesla Powerwall, Tesla Sentry Fashion, WSJ


About the author

Dr. Maximilian Holland Max is an anthropologist, social theorist and international political economist. He tries to ask questions and to encourage critical thinking about social justice, environmental justice, sustainability and the human situation. He has lived and worked in Europe and Asia and currently lives in Barcelona.




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