Even George Clooney is complaining about Tesla
The celebrity's gripes about his car cap a difficult 6 days for the automaker.
“I had a Tesla. I was one of the first cats with a Tesla. I think I was, like, number five on the list. But I’m telling you, I’ve been on the side of the road a while in that thing. And I said to them, ‘Look, guys, why am I always stuck on the side of the (expletive) road? Make it work, one way or another.’ ” [Esquire]
Even if it turns out nothing is wrong with its engineering, Tesla could be in big trouble. Small, new companies are extraordinarily vulnerable to stories like this; they don’t have brand loyalty, and a history of reliable products, to carry them through rumors, much less bad engineering decisions. [Bloomberg]
Car purchases aren’t always about economic rationality and functionality. People buy vehicles because they’re status symbols, or because they want to express themselves, or because certain cars function as cultural markers and personal advertisements. Just as driving a Hummer marked you as a certain kind of person in 2005, driving a Tesla marks you as a certain kind of person in 2013. Owners prowl around wealthy suburbs announcing themselves as wealthy, carbon-free, early adopters with money to burn. People who can’t afford a Tesla but still love what the company stands for, purchase Tesla’s stock out of the same impulse. Some raving fans do both.
And no blow-up -- financial or physical -- will deter them. [The Daily Beast]
Oh shut up already you "self important" arrogant - "oh look at the problems of me" phony!
Why spending money on Toys when you should be putting that money towards one of your liberal causes no?
The rich like you should learn to shut up because your troubles don't resonate with average people.
" Oh my God my Tesla lit up on me- heavens hope the Grey Poupon wasn't in there too"?
It comes off as a complete whine while expounding on your opulence!
Now I know why he gave the car to Justin Beiber...
Good work George, I almost like you now!!
Guess you didn't read the report but Tesla paid off their Tarp loan of $465 million 10 years earlier than due
WAH! Do you want some cheese to go with that wine! Drive to the nearest Benz or Jaguar dealer trade it in and move on Clooney.
Can't believe Americans are so stupid. Its not about the car its about the money, i.e stock price. About 4 months ago financial news starting carrying stories about how some "analysts" were saying Tesla stock was "overvalued". Low and behold - a few months later Tesla cars started mysteriously bursting into flame - which surprise, surprise knocked a few bucks off the stock price.
Now if you were one of those analysts that advised their clients to "short" Tesla (that is purchase an option/contract) betting that Tesla's stock price would go down, you look like a frackin genius! This is why Elizabeth Warren is right and we need MORE not less regulation of the financial markets. I bet $100 bucks if you pulled and analyzed every Tesla trade between June 1st and now you'd find somebody(s) who bet and made a shitload of money shorting Tesla stock. Its a short distance from that to finding out if these mysterious "accidents" were really that or..................? Wouldn't shock me at all to find out that the investors that made a killing on this actually had ties to Tesla (albeit thru an impenetrable maze of shell companies and offshore corporations). Oh they probably didn't pay any taxes on the profits either. They commit financial fraud and get richer while shifting the tax burden on to you and me.
Entitlement Welfare at the top is killing us just as bad as Entitlement Welfare at the bottom is.
Wake up America!
Be very cautious of stories relating to electric vehicles failure, and "Burst into flames......"
There are players that wish you to remain addicted to oil. There are those players that wish you to remain in gasoline powered conveyance. Make it fail at any cost--that's the name of the game.
They have much to lose in this game. Remember the Tucker automobile of the late 1940's? Probably not. You weren't born yet. But remember this:
"There is nothing new under the sun."
Ok, IF I have done my math right, assuming a minimum of 19,000 Tesla model S cars on the road, 3 have caught fire for some reason - that is .0158% of the cars being driven.
In other, older news, from a source truly concerned with public safety is Consumer Reports which said the Tesla is the safest car they ever tested.
For comparison - I guess we could do a fast search on recalls by any of the big five auto companies and what there issues this month are!
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