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About MikeMelga

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  • Location Freimann, Munich
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  1. Tesla Gigafactories, News and Conversation

    @DanglingPointer, You will need winter tires. It's not so easy to find Tesla-compatible rims, or at least it wasn't, when I bought mine. I ended up buying the rims from Tesla. They look great and are much better quality than most of the 3rd party.
  2. Is it a good idea to buy a Diesel Euro 4 car now

    You have several options. You could move now, drive for a while and within 6 months sell it in France, for example with the help of a relative. 6 months is also enough time to get it to pass Tüv, but it depends if and how much they find. For example rusty brake cables might pass in other countries (or are not even inspected). Both my friends eventually passed Tüv but they had extensive repairs to do. It's doable in 6 months.  
  3. Tesla Gigafactories, News and Conversation

    That was my first impression. It's still unknown how they will do it, as the Supercharger network is truly a great advantage. My guess is that they will be production limited anyway for the next 3-5 years, so having other EVs there won't hurt sales. There are a few suggestions on how this deal might work, and they are very interesting. Here are some (exclusive) options: Price per kWh is much higher for competition Price per kWh is slightly higher than current prices, but Tesla owners get a big discount Competitor OEM pay Tesla a huge fee per year, per country Competitor OEM charge their customers a one-time fee to access to supercharger (2000€?) and forward most of that fee to Tesla Competitor OEM has no direct role and Tesla charges as they like Tesla has a new Supercharger factory in China. I suspect they will flood the market with them and make a big pile of money.
  4. Been saying for a long time: the chinese vaccines are crap and China itself will have huge issues next winter or when it tries to open up again for business.
  5. 72% of Portuguese want the vaccine to be mandatory. I think this will come, at least partially, at least attached to a profession or to school requirements.
  6. Bitcoin - a decentralised digital currency

    No problem, it's an "hedge against inflation"! It will protect us from 2-5% of inflation, despite losing 50% of value in the past few months!
  7. Is it a good idea to buy a Diesel Euro 4 car now

    Well, 2 friends of mine from Portugal made the mistake of bringing their car and they both failed the test... I don't know about car taxes in France vs Germany, but for example in the case of Portugal, it makes no sense to bring in a car. Cars in Germany are much cheaper than in Portugal.
  8. Is it a good idea to buy a Diesel Euro 4 car now

    Hi, I think you have 6 months to register it after you register yourself in Germany. But it's not just registering, you need to pass a TüV test.
  9. Tesla Gigafactories, News and Conversation

    You do have that option from Tesla website. Bottom of the screen.   Ah, one more detail: when ordering from Tesla website, start the process from a referral link, that will give you 1500km free supercharging to you and to your referral! You cannot add the referral after the process is complete.
  10. Tesla Gigafactories, News and Conversation

    You do get to test drive a Tesla. I've done one for a Model S in 2018. The 7 day return is unfortunately gone since last year, as it was being abused. What I recommend is DONT test drive unless you are willing to buy one   Another small note: if you test drive the Model 3 Performance, be aware that the Long Range version has a much smoother ride due to 18" rims and smoother suspension. For me the Performance was too rough for a commuter.
  11. Tesla Gigafactories, News and Conversation

    Yes, there is a supercharger in the Pasing Arcaden, you can charge for 2-3 weeks within 30 minutes. I think another two will open in the city till the end of year. Otherwise, you can leave your car parked for a few hours on a public charger. For long trips outside the city, there are superchargers all around.
  12. Tesla Gigafactories, News and Conversation

    I can show you personally my full coverage for a bit more than 1500€ for a Model 3 LR. I think I'm SF5 or SF6. From Allianz, it's not a crappy low cost company.
  13. Tesla Gigafactories, News and Conversation

    As I've said before, in the practical case of Munich, Tesla has a supercharger in Pasing. If you really can't charge everyday near your house, you could go there every 2 weeks. And I still think the final solution for charging should be to mandate companies with parking spaces to offer charging for employees.
  14. Tesla Gigafactories, News and Conversation

    You are 100% wrong. They don't know how to build electric cars. They are (in most cases) still reusing old platforms. They completely missed the vertical integration. They have crappy software. Their supplier network and their dealership and service network is a liability, not a plus. They invested in factories which are now obsolete. Those factories would take a decade to pay for itself. Who will pay for them? Their highly skilled mechanical engineers are now useless, they need software developers, not mechanics. They have no battery factories. They still have hundreds of chips on their cars, all from different suppliers, which increases cost and invalidates OTA updates. Their self driving is based on Mobileye, which despite being the most advanced ADAS system (same level as Tesla), is not theirs. They still think of a car as a product, not as a mean for services.   Tesla will be a dominant automaker. I don't think they will be #1 in revenue in 2030, like some forecast, but Tesla will be top 3.
  15. Tesla Gigafactories, News and Conversation

    Bullshit! That is based on old efficiency values. Here is an example: on the super wasteful America, this is the area that would be occupied if 100% of the power came from the sun: https://www.freeingenergy.com/how-much-solar-would-it-take-to-power-the-u-s/ That's 0.5% of the area of America. Meaningless. And that's the worst case scenario. In the article they quote areas as low as 0.15%.