Matthias wrote:Metroid wrote:markj11 wrote:Seems like they would have been better off starting with a lower end production car.
Yeah this really would have been the way to go, build a less frills, less expensive production model first then follow up with the more stylish high end sports/luxury/utility models. Put a product out there that is reasonably affordable so you can get more on the road.
I don't think they had it priced higher because of frills, but rather it's the technology price.
Also from the NYTimes piece:Smaller electric cars would be less expensive, and Mr. Musk said that Tesla eventually plans to build one for less than $30,000. Prices will presumably go down as the technology improves.
“A $50,000 sporty E.V. is actually quite impressive given the decades of underinvestment in battery research,” said Daniel Kammen, a professor of energy at the University of California, Berkeley. “There will be other companies populating the electric vehicle space now, so hopefully prices will fall rapidly.”
Well if smaller electric cars would be less expensive then build them first.