edatoakrun wrote:And then cancelled that option, and has subsequently raised the base price several times, to the point where the minimum price of one of these dinosaurs today is $74,500.
And so what? If you can fill a factory selling higher profit margin cars at that price point, why would you sell a lower profit margin car and get less return on your investment (or in the case of Tesla, have less cash to fuel your next iteration of growth?) There is not a factory in the world that wouldn't fill up their lines with higher profit margin goods. If Tesla was doing what you suggested and sold their base model first, THAT would be the colossal business mistake that I think you and Loren are hoping for. It took Nissan 2 years to release their LEAF S trim...I wonder why?
Now sure, we do have Elon/Tesla's goal of creating a true mainstream EV. Are they there yet? For sure not, and it's taking a lot longer than any of us want. There have been significant challenges, some unforeseen, but keep in mind it's taken automakers quite a lot longer than what Tesla has taken to get to the economies of scale to allow for building a true entry-level vehicle. Have they stopped moving in that direction? No. Will they ever get there? Questionable. They seem to have a lot of projects on their plate which aren't going to be cheap to fund, so maybe the best we can hope for for the short term is that put enough force on the market to push automakers in that direction, and I already see evidence that they've done so with the new LEAF creating a 150 mile class offering.
You keep saying that Tesla hasn't produced a $35K vehicle (although I can't really recall WHY that is important to you, other than that it's a milestone that Tesla hasn't achieved that you can point to as evidence of Tesla's impending doom). But you also say that they never will, which I think will most likely turn out to be false. They will produce one, if only because the cost of the battery will fall enough to make it very doable.