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carsTesla 3 production is around 2400 per week

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Bloomberg estimate is that Tesla has manufactured 14,357 Model 3s so far and is now building approximately 2,394 a week. Tesla did not reach its goal of producing 2,500 Model 3 per week during the first three months of 2018. …

carsElon Musk sleeping at the Gigafactory and directly in charge of Model 3 production

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Tesla made just under 9,800 Model 3s from January through March. That’s four times what it made in the fourth quarter. But it’s still only a fraction of the 20,000 per month that CEO Elon Musk promised when Tesla first …

asiaBelt and Road investments versus Developed world investments

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The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) has a report that China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has spent $340 billion from 2014-2017. Private companies in China tend to invest in the USA, UK, Switzerland and Australia. They are acquiring hotels, entertainment …

carsBloomberg indicates Telsa model 3 production at 1026 per week

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Bloomberg estimates the number of Telsa 3 being built by the number of Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) that are registered. Telsa had a 2,500 a week target by March 31, 2018. Tesla had pushed a 5,000 a week target back …

carsTesla Electric Semi has about 300 pre-orders

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Fedex has placed a reservation for 20 Tesla Semi trucks. The fully-electric trucks, which are scheduled to begin production in 2019, will be operated by FedEx Freight, its less-than-truckload unit. Company number of Telsa Semis reserved UPS 125 Sysco (food …

carsTesla has vastly improved the self-driving autopilot software

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Tesla’s latest Autopilot update (v8.1 2018.10.4) is the biggest improvement to the Autopilot 2.0 suite since it was introduced. * improved vehicles’ lane-keeping capabilities * smooth lane changing * handles adverse weather and road conditions AP 2.0 hardware includes 8 …

chinaHow can we have nice things if they cost ten times more?

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Phase 1 of the California high-speed rail project (520 miles) is now claimed to have an estimated cost of $78 to $98 billion. This is $150 million to $180 million per mile. This is $94-118 million per kilometer. The system …

chinaRe-examining the China Economic Miracle

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How did China’s economy really get to there it is now? * China like Britain, US, Germany and Japan have successfully used selective protectionism to develop their companies and economy. Ethiopia and other African countries are getting some success copying …

chinaBeijing passing Portugal in per capita GDP in 2018

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China richest city is Beijing with a per capita GDP in 2017 of 20,356. China’s currency has strengthened by about 2% since the end of 2018. This puts Beijing at about the level of Portugal or Saudi Arabia with $20,575 …

carsUS needs to go all-in to support SpaceX and Tesla

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Providing contracts for new military and NASA contracts to SpaceX would save money over using United Launch. Those contracts would also ensure the success of SpaceX with more Falcon Heavy launches and then assist in funding the development of the …