https://insideevs.com/tesla-owner-ordered-porsche-taycan/Tesla Model S Owner Explains Why He Pre-Ordered Porsche Taycan
A quote from the original Teslarati article:
https://www.teslarati.com/porsche-taycan-mission-e-pre-orders-norway/Car enthusiast and Norway-based Model S owner Jim Roger Johansen admits that while his heart is with Tesla, the Porsche Taycan (formerly referred to as the Mission E sedan), “is something else.” Having a fondness for high-performance vehicles, Johansen states that he wants a high-performance electric car, but the next-generation Tesla Roadster, which starts at $200,000, is out of his price range. He is hoping that the Porsche Taycan would be the ideal vehicle to fill the gap between his Model S family car and the hypercar-beating next-generation Roadster.
Earlier this year, Johansen visited a Porsche dealer, expressing his interest in the vehicle then known as the Mission E sedan. During his visit, Porsche kept his email address and advised him that he would be receiving updates about the car. This April, he received a message from the German legacy automaker stating that the pre-orders for the Taycan are being opened for Norway. In order to keep his place in the priority queue for the vehicle, he was asked to pay Kr20,000 (about $2,250) on or before April 25. . . .
The IEVS article notes that Porsche has 2,300 pre-orders for the Taycan in Norway, a country of 5.2 million people.
https://www.autoblog.com/2018/07/23/tesla-suppliers-refunds-wsj/Tesla shares drop on report that it's asking suppliers for refunds
Memo describes the request as ‘essential to Tesla's continued operation’
Shares of Tesla fell more than 4 percent in trading before the bell on Monday, after a report that the electric car maker has turned to some suppliers for a refund of previously made payments in a bid to turn a profit.
Tesla has asked some suppliers to refund money paid by the electric car maker since 2016, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing a memo.
The memo, which the paper said was sent by a global supply manager, described the request as essential to Tesla's continued operation and characterized it as an investment in the car company to continue the long-term growth between both players. . . .