Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th May 2018 15:38 UTC
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Here's the dynamic that explains Musk's Twitter outburst: Tesla is clearly struggling to reach production levels that will justify its valuation. Musk has no facts with which to counter the media reports, and it is illegal for him to lie about these numbers. (Hype is one thing; lying to investors is another.) His Orwellian solution is to convince Tesla fans that what they are reading is not true. The stakes are high. Tesla's $1 billion-per-quarter burn rate makes it very likely that the company will need to raise a couple billion dollars in the fourth quarter of this year.

Musk literally cannot afford for investors to believe a negative storyline. Only his optimistic, visionary narrative will convince potential investors that Tesla is a good bet, rather than a bubble preparing to pop.

Nothing is more dangerous than criticizing Elon Musk, but the cold and harsh facts laid out in this article are very difficult to argue with, other than appealing to some vague sense of Musk wanting to help the planet or whatever, as if that negates Tesla rapidly running out of money and never meeting expectations or failing to keep its promises. We should all want Tesla to succeed, but the recent outbursts from Musk do not bode well for the future of the company.

Twitter randos who could never afford a Tesla might be easily swayed by Musk's Trumpian "boohoo the press hates me" nonsense, but the kinds of billion dollar investors Tesla needs will see right through it.

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1 and 2 are the same. Autopilot in Teslas are an abuse of a buzz word. Selling it as "autopilot" should be illegal. Everyone thinks of autopilots from planes when they hear the word, yet it is much closer to Lane Assist than Autopilot in a Tesla.

Nope. Autopilot in planes is in fact a perfect analogy to Autopilot in cars. Autopilot in planes requires constant attention from the pilot, and can only handle a limited subset of flying. The issue is that many people in fact don't understand what autopilot in planes is, so they expected that Tesla Autopilot = Autonomous car, which is clearly is not.

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