Looks like Tesla is now distributing their Cybertrucks--- thoughts?

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"...one source said Ford lost over $100,000 for every EV built in the first quarter—more than double the amount lost a year ago."

How does that work? Did costs go up $50k per EV and the price didn't change? Or costs went up some and prices dropped? Or is this some weird accounting where they took the company's losses over all and divided it by the number of EVs built? (If it's that, then just building fewer EVs would increase the loss per EV.)
Putting R&D against Cost of Sales will do that. At least on a normal Schedule C, the IRS doesn't have a bucket for R&D... so you get to choose where you put it against. Most people chose Cost of Sales, but you could also put it against Operating Expenses. IRS doesn't care as long as they get their taxes... which pocket you give it to them from doesn't matter to them.
 
I've got a couple of friends who know Elon and they say his couch surfing is real couch surfing as in dropping in [often without warning] on people, crashing on their couch, eating from their fridge, etc....uncompensated.....

I used to have a friend kinda like that, back when I had roommates. He actually did have a place of his own, but every time he came to town for business, he'd crash on our couch. Made a lot more money than any of us (or all of us), but we didn't care that he didn't want to spend it on a hotel. He was our friend and we were happy to hang out with him for awhile.
 
I found in "The Eiger Sanction" a description that was applied to something else, but I feel is appropriate to the cybertruck.

It is something designed by skilled craftsmen who had had a pickup truck described to them, but who had never actually seen or driven one. :)
 
Another data point:

Cybertruck makes top 5 at Porsche autocross

It's a pretty amazing machine. It can Porsches around corners, even when it has off-road tires on.

I love the front, I'm not sold on the rear, and it's definitely polarizing. At least it's styled, unlike all the identical alphanumerically-named greyscale crossovers that seem to be the vast majority of what's out there nowadays.

If I was less of a cheapskate, I'd buy one, and tow an Airstream Basecamp with it.
 
Another data point:

Cybertruck makes top 5 at Porsche autocross

It's a pretty amazing machine. It can Porsches around corners, even when it has off-road tires on.

I love the front, I'm not sold on the rear, and it's definitely polarizing. At least it's styled, unlike all the identical alphanumerically-named greyscale crossovers that seem to be the vast majority of what's out there nowadays.

If I was less of a cheapskate, I'd buy one, and tow an Airstream Basecamp with it.
I can’t wait until the Tesla Semi matures to the point where companies are building RVs on its frame. Imagine 500 miles of range and the ability to silently self power for Boondocking over a week at a time.
 
I love the front, I'm not sold on the rear, and it's definitely polarizing. At least it's styled, unlike all the identical alphanumerically-named greyscale crossovers that seem to be the vast majority of what's out there nowadays.

Saw this take on the CT being chromed.
NOW it's starting looking like a proper $100K ride.
Just need to add chrome wheels with spinners:

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https://www.yankodesign.com/2024/05...ck-is-a-big-risk-for-pedestrians-and-drivers/

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Interesting discussion. I saw a Cybertruck in person for the second time today. It was coming up a twisty hill street that I was going down (in our Kia Soul EV). It is MUCH bigger looking in person that in the pictures, to me. It's also slightly less ugly, but still quite jarring to see. That comment above about putting it next to a DeLorean actually rings true for me as well.

Our other current vehicle is a Ford Maverick hybrid. It will take its first road trip in a couple of weeks, and the second one will be to NARAM this year. I get the "real truck" discussion, and from that point of view, I've never had nor needed a real truck, but this one is plenty useful. I have had a couple of Mazda B-series pickups in the past that were actual Mazdas (not the rebadged Ford Ranger that Terry mentioned) and they did what I needed them to do without consuming large quantities of gasoline.

Rich, we'll be at Sod Blaster in our tiny "not a real truck" if we make it this year. I'm still on the fence about a cap. By Mazdas both had them, but right now we just have a soft tonneau cover on the Maverick. I guess it will depend on how hard it its to pack for NARAM without a cap with all the stuff for the camp. But that reminds me I need to check on lead times with the local ARE dealer to see if I'm out of luck for NARAM already anyway.
 
That comment above about putting it next to a DeLorean actually rings true for me as well.

Someone has already done that. Looks like this:


The more I look at it the better it looks. But I wont buy anything thats a 1.0 version. Give them a year or 2 and will look at them again.

I got pinged to get mine a few weeks ago. But only if I pony up for Foundation series.
My reservation # is right under 250K range. They must be running short on takers.

Still waiting for a test drive. Not even sure it will fit into my driveway / garage.
No test drive, no sale.

YMMV,
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