First item: The Tesla skeptics have been showing dozens of huge parking lots full of new and quickly depreciating Tesla Model 3s. The skeptics are asking why these inventories are growing. If people really want a product, inventory doesn't pile up.
A better question: Many of the lots are completely unsecured. Parking lots of abandoned malls. No fence, no watchman. If this car is so desirable, why isn't anyone STEALING it? A good hacker could certainly rig up a master key via Wi-Fi, and drive off a few cars before anyone noticed, or just TOW them off and leave the keying for later.
I still haven't seen even one
of these cars around here. I see plenty of brand-new cars with dealer plates in the neighborhood. People have the money (or the credit) to buy a new car every year, but none of them are choosing Teslas.
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Second item: Safeway/Albertsons is "planning" to "purchase" a fleet of Tesla's autonomous electric semis,
which will never be produced. Safeway pulled a photo-op allowing some of its drivers to try out the prototype.
Assuming the truck is really autonomous (which is also a myth), why would a company invite its own employees to try out the MACHINE THAT WILL REPLACE THEM?
"Here, Joe. Try this new truck so you'll see how well the company can do without you. Get the feel of what this truck will be doing while you're unemployed and jumping off a bridge. Even better, drive across the bridge that you'll jump from. Scope out your wonderful utopian future."
Why? This question is NOT mysterious. SHARE VALUE.
There are two ways to raise share value. (1) Brazen transparent fraud. (2) Genocide. The Dow is proudly constructed on a foundation of rotting carcasses.
So this little stunt takes care of both variables at once. Wasting money on a COOOOOL fraud, and telling the Deplorable drivers to fuck off and die. Brilliant!