Are We Treating Tesla Like Other Automakers? And Should We Be?

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Earlier this week in keeping with its tradition of revealing estimates for the previous quarter ahead of its official Quarterly Earnings Call, Tesla [NASDAQ:TSLA] detailed a rise in overall deliveries and production for both its Model S and Model X electric cars, but a slower-than-expected start for its Model 3 electric car.

Indeed, the car that Tesla hopes will transform the electric car marketplace has yet to gain much ground, with just 260 units delivered during the third quarter and only 220 vehicles delivered to customers.

Were Tesla any other automaker, we’d all be baying for blood, criticizing the slow roll out and perhaps even suggesting that the automaker in question wasn’t really serious about electric cars. But as it’s Tesla, we’re all being very different.

Which leads to the simple question: are we treating Tesla like other automakers? Are we giving it special treatment that other automakers wouldn’t get? And more importantly, should we be treating Tesla differently?

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  • Albemarle

    All the comments seem to be on Youtube, but I get no flaming on here. Tesla lovers are bullies. I see a real problem when you ask the question about Tesla. Many people immediately start pounding on existing automakers. That’s a distraction, but for heaven’s sake don’t tell them.
    Telsa is being given a bit of a free ride. I don’t care about the economics, how much they lose, etc.. That’s the focus of mainstream auto industry.The free ride in my view is their actual production. They absolutely stink at making cars. Quality is shit in comparison to other cars in that price range, but more importantly, they can’t make cars in the volume they need and promise to make.
    Sure it’s all subshine and roses that they don’t make ICE cars, but really, how successful long term is any company that can’t make what they promise?
    I see no focus on fixing production or quality problems. Have they ever had an in depth public explanations? They don’t care. Why not show another CUV which looks like all their other cars which they can’t make? Keep distracting the market and they can carry on. My worry is that the shit will eventually hit the fan. And when it does the world will lose an excellent EV manufacturer. I want Tesla to succeed. They can, but I doubt they will.

    • Espen Hugaas Andersen

      The quality is always improving. I got my Model X in June and I’ve driven it 13500 km since then. So far I’ve had two issues. First, I could only charge at 16A three phase vs 24A three phase, but that was resolved with a wireless update. The more serious one is that I’m not satisfied with the quality of the windshield – it has noticeable ghosting. But I hear they’ve resolved that issue on a new version of the windshield, so I’m considering to get it replaced. Other than that, it’s been awesome. By far the best car I’ve owned, driven and/or sat in.

  • Espen Hugaas Andersen

    Yes, we should be cutting Tesla some slack. They’re a new car maker, and they set extremely ambitious targets. And the targets aren’t just ambitious for being a new car maker, they’re the most ambitious targets in the entire car industry.

    When Tesla hits a production rate of 500k Model 3 per year, that’s a bigger production rate that the Bolt/Ampera-e, the BMW i3, the e-Golf, the Leaf, the Ioniq and the Zoe *combined*. I know I’ll rather criticize the other car makers for being unambitious, rather than criticize Tesla for always being a few months late.