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Some good points there from daveyjp, the make or break for Tesla is the Model 3, if they don't get that right, there will be problems ahead.
The first mistake I feel, is offering the car in 3 different range models, they should have just brought it out as a 310 mile BEV, which the current best selling version is now, it's the old adage, "What Will Do More, Will Do Less"
And as battery tech improves, future models will just add more range and faster charging, so why dumb down the current technology.
Another mistake is selling cars equipped for full autonomous driving, it ain't ever going to happen, well not in this millennium at least.
When I see a Tesla Model "S" going down the road, which is quite often in and around Manchester, I just can't help thinking that it is a brilliant piece of modern engineering, and OK the first models did have a few issues, but there is a refresh due out this year for the Model "S" and "X" which I would imagine will see both move from the 18650 Cell form to the new 2170 Cell form, which will bring increased range, maybe getting close to 500 mile, who knows.
I get the repair thing, and Tesla do need to stop being such control freaks, and let go of that which I think they have had to do already in a couple of U.S. states, under some right to repair law.
I do think the future is bright for Tesla, a new factory in China is already under construction, and they are also looking to build cars in France, and already have an assembly plant in Holland, not bad for such a young motor company.