Tencent Is Playing with the Car? Tencent Holds 5% and Becomes a Shareholder of Tesla

On the evening of March 28, Tencent invested US $1.8 billion in Tesla, obtained 5% passive equity and became its fifth largest shareholder. After the news was released, Tesla's shares turned up from down in the pre-market trading the next day, and Tencent's book profit reached $490 million. It is undeniable that Tencent's move has reaped a lot for both sides.

Tencent is not involved in Tesla's operation at present

Stimulated by sales in the first quarter, Tesla's share price rose sharply on Monday, surpassing Ford, one of the three traditional automobile companies in the United States. On Tuesday, Tesla's share price rose again.

At present, Tesla is building a large lithium battery factory in Nevada with an investment of US $5 billion. These batteries will be used for models such as model 3.

According to public information, the top four shareholders of Tesla are: CEO musk holds 21%; Fidelity, a fund giant, holds 14%; Baillie Gifford, an independent asset management company, holds 8.2%; T. Rowe price holds 7.3%.

The news directly stimulated Tesla's share price to reverse the decline before the U.S. stock market and turn to an increase of nearly 3%. It is worth noting that Tencent does not actively hold shares. In other words, Tencent will not actively intervene in Tesla's operation at present.

Can US $1.8 billion hit the strategic value? Although it has the heart to play with cars, it has no power to build cars. This is a fact that Tencent must admit. Even if Tencent has sufficient cash and the ability to implement investment, the investment of US $1.8 billion is not a small number. Investing in Tesla must have a more ambitious strategic plan. However, if Tesla refuses to cooperate with Tencent at a deeper level, the investment behavior is at best a win-win deal, and the strategic value is not large.

Play with the car. We're serious

Tencent has been making frequent efforts in the field of car manufacturing in recent years. First, it invested 1 billion yuan with Foxconn and harmonious automobile to establish a harmonious Futeng joint venture, but soon the business ended without any trouble. Subsequently, we jointly invested with Baidu in Weilai automobile, which will only show its power on ppt. It may also be because of lack of confidence in it, so we chose Tesla, which has made good achievements in the market, as the guide at the critical moment of planning for car building.

Tencent is also lucky to be optimistic about Tesla. Tesla leader musk has become a legendary entrepreneur and is even considered by the media to be "jobs second". In addition to Tesla, musk is also the CEO of SpaceX, which recently realized the first space launch by reusing rockets in human history. This major achievement will greatly reduce the cost of space exploration.

Dumped harmony, accosted Wei Lai, and finally married Tesla, which is Tencent's three sensational relationships in the automotive industry. From the perspective of "family conditions", it is reasonable for anyone to choose to hire a foreign "daughter-in-law" with better comprehensive strength.

But for Tencent, holding this small amount of Tesla shares can not help Tencent open the electric vehicle market. Tencent also did not announce specific plans to establish a joint venture or other projects with Tesla. Tencent only responded. For future cooperation, Tencent and the invested company will evolve some commercial cooperation in addition to the simple equity relationship.

Where consumers' hot spots are, Tencent's focus is where. In this way, we have to think about whether Tencent will implant advertisements in Tesla's central control display after holding Tesla. At the extreme, we can think that we can't start the car without reading the advertisements. If we want to skip the advertisements, we can open members. It's terrible to think about it.

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The Model Y's glass roof-which does not open-gives way to a well-lit, airy cabin. When I say that Tesla is ahead of the competition, I do not mean that it's the first to market a 300-mile electric compact crossover. Or because it pioneered over-the-air software updates, an in-house fast-charging network or its own sales model that other car brands are just beginning to copy. No, Tesla is ahead of the curve due to the way it drives and how utterly efficient its drivetrains are compared to other EVs out there. Releasing that pedal also unleashes Tesla's excellent regenerative braking technology. While competing brands offer the possibility to modulate the recuperation system's resistance, Tesla proves once more that two well-preconfigured settings suffice. About the Tesla Supercharger network: I did not really need to use it given the amount of range the Model Y has at its disposal. But it is handy if your area is not fitted with an established public charging grid. Where I live, there's a public charger on every street corner, so Superchargers are kind of irrelevant. But it will allow you to grab 158 miles of range within only 15 minutes, so there's that. That said, not having to rely on a charger was another realization that hit me hard as I blasted this compact crossover into highway onramps at speeds that would make a Porsche Macan Turbo blush: range anxiety is officially a thing of the past, folks. Battery technology is evolving so rapidly that we will soon get way more range than we actually need from an overnight charge. It's a reality, that's a lot closer than we think. Anyway, back to the driving experience. The Model Y, even in its most basic form, is fast, smooth and efficient. But that's all expected from a Tesla. What I was not ready for was how well it handles. Modern electric cars, generally speaking, all handle well due to the heavy battery pack that's located down beneath their floor. This allows for an ultra-low center of gravity and near-perfect weight distribution. But up until now, the driving dynamics of most EVs, except perhaps the Jaguar I-Pace-an EV I once drove on a track like a bat out of hell-or the Porsche Taycan all feel a bit stale. The Model Y has a playful, tail-happy feel when it's pushed hard to its limits. The Dual Motor setup somehow always prioritizes the rear motor, even though its original purpose was to be efficient and not performance-enhancing. Yet, it's still willing to party. What I mean is that there's actual rotation happening back there, which allows the Model Y to wag its tail if you really commit upon corner exit. Yet, it's all very easy to correct. The steering is as precise as a Playstation controller, the levels of grip are immense, and the front wheels instantly kick in to provide the required amount of grip. It all happens so effortlessly that even an inexperienced driver will find the confidence necessary to throw this thing hard into a corner without fear of understeering into a ditch. But the truth of the matter is that nobody, and I mean nobody, currently sells something that directly competes against a Model Y. And that's a little worrying for the rest of the auto industry. The phrase "Tesla-killer" or "Tesla-fighter" has been common in headlines about legacy automakers and startups alike; still, no one has come at this king yet. Perhaps Ford has a chance with the Mach-E. At least, on paper, it seems like a viable contender. But could it be too little too late? I mean, Tesla sold over 160,000 Model 3s in the US alone last year. Can this oddball Mustang be any sort of a volume-seller the way the Model Y is destined to be? I find that unlikely. But if anything, it's only the start of things to come. When Nissan unveiled the Ariya electric crossover last month, I remember saying "finally, something innovative from Nissan." for the first time in years, but then I was highly disappointed by its release date of late 2021 on our market. And do not get me started on the Cadillac Lyriq. After months of shoving down our throats that its "innovative" Ultium battery would be the Android answer to Tesla's Apple, GM unveiled an odd-looking concept car with unofficial range numbers and no actual specifications. Three years, GM. Really? You see, what the entire auto industry needs to understand with its EV promises and shady concept cars is that Tesla is here now. Tesla is selling. And Tesla is ahead. And the more it waits before releasing its products, the harder it will be for them to take on what was not long ago just a little California startup. Correction: This story has been updated to reflect accurate pricing in both the U.S. and Canada.
Inventory of Three Highlights of Tesla Battery Day
Although the information release of Tesla battery day did not meet expectations, there were still some highlights. Tesla released a new "4680" battery, which uses electrodeless ear battery to simplify the manufacturing process, reduce resistance and improve stability; Silicon is used as anode material, and the cost is reduced by 5%; The use of positive electrode to eliminate cobalt reduces the cost by 12%; Range increased by 16% and power output increased by six times; Battery vehicle integration, cost reduction of 7%. However, the breakthrough of battery cathode material technology and ultra long life battery have not been realized.However, from the perspective of trend, the self-produced battery of vehicle enterprises is also a trend. The gradual stability of battery technology has promoted the cost reduction and industrialization of domestic battery production. In the future, with the emergence of low-cost electric vehicles, the concept of mobile space will promote the popularization of cars. China's auto output of 50 million is not a dream, but can be realized.1. Highlight 1: cylinder square contrastAt the "battery day" activity, musk released a new vehicle battery product - 4680 cell. Compared with the old product, the single energy of this battery increased by 5 times, the output power increased by 6 times, and the endurance increased by 16%.Cylindrical battery has high production efficiency, strong standardization, great advantages in consistency and low cost. Because of the superposition manufacturing method, the soft pack battery has a thinner volume and the highest energy density, which is also in line with the development trend of China's new energy vehicle market.This time, Tesla continues the direction of cylindrical battery, raising the diameter of the cylinder from 21 mm to 46 mm to form a more powerful cylindrical battery. Tesla does not follow the current market mainstream square or soft pack battery design mode.Electrodeless ear battery technology. Large cell is the trend, because the cost can be reduced, but as the large cell becomes larger and larger, heat generation will be a problem. By removing the pole ear through laser technology, the electron circulation distance is shorter, the energy density is higher, and there is no overheating phenomenon.Cylindrical, square, soft package and blade are innovative choices of battery shape, including 18650, 21700, blade, 590 module, VDA square, etc. this innovation follows the design idea of "large cell". With the application of electrodeless battery technology, it also lays the foundation for the competition between cylindrical and square batteries in the future.2. Highlight 2: cost reduction - duel with fuel vehiclesAs a luxury car concept, Tesla's cost pressure is not great, but its efforts to reduce costs are strong. It is of great significance to reduce costs and reduce cell costs through science and technology. In terms of positive and negative electrode production, Tesla has formed a high-strength molecular network by integrating ion conducting polymer compounds to produce more stable negative electrode materials; in terms of positive electrode materials, Tesla is particularly strong Tesla reduced the cost by 15% by reducing the content of cobalt and increasing the utilization rate of nickel. In terms of battery vehicle integration, Tesla adopted the design of de module, which reduced the mass of the battery pack by 10%, increased the overall endurance by 14%, and reduced the excess 370 vehicle and battery components. Through the above R & D achievements, Tesla will be able to reduce the battery cost by 56% The fact that Tesla is located in a luxury car is also the final price choice for cost pressure and profit requirements. It can not compete with mainstream fuel vehicles in the short term. The cost reduction in the next few years will be the basis for the electrification of electric vehicles, and the disadvantage will be gradually eliminated. When Tesla adjusts the price concept from luxury cars to mainstream products, its market airborne will be extremely huge. This also puts great pressure on traditional car enterprises The layout of Tesla's battery plants in Europe is also a great challenge to European car enterprises. Whether they can develop independently is a huge issue for European car enterprises. It is estimated that they are anxious.3. Highlight 3: scale improvement - stronger base iteration capabilityTesla aims to produce 100GWh batteries by 2022, including energy storage. It aims to produce 3000gwh batteries in Berlin by 2030. In the future, the company needs 10twh batteries, 1500gwh for small cars / robotaxi, 3500gwh for compact and mid-range cars, 900gwh for luxury cars and SUVs, 1100gwh for pickups and 3000gwh for trucks. China's current battery demand for new energy vehicles is 60g, and the next two years will be two years It is estimated that 100g is the battery combination demand of nearly 2 million new energy vehicles. The goal of 100g is extremely huge. Tesla's goal is to consider larger-scale development in all its designs. The future cylindrical battery is characterized by super large-scale and ultra-low cost, and square battery is incomparable. Therefore, large-scale core or basic design. Do not pursue In the future, Tesla will launch an entry-level pure electric vehicle with a price of only US $25000 (about 170000 yuan), which is US $13000 (90000 yuan) lower than the subsidized price of the current Tesla entry-level model 3 standard endurance upgrade About. This also makes Tesla's products gradually compete with Passat and Camry's price level products from BMW 3 series. This market pattern will further change.4. Enlightenment 1 - self produced battery of car enterprises is the trendThe engine and power battery are the power core of the vehicle, and the power assembly is the core technical resources that vehicle enterprises must have in the competition in the future. From the perspective of the development stage of the vehicle market, the current layout of mainstream vehicle enterprises is in the primary stage similar to the layout of China's heavy truck market group, and some second-line heavy truck enterprises adopt a similar cooperative layout and multi-track supply to ensure the battery demand.At present, the market scale of new energy passenger vehicles is only 1 million. In addition, there are many participating manufacturers, the number and scale of single vehicle types are relatively small, and the demand for batteries is also small. Moreover, the vehicle enterprises have not fully grasped the battery technology, understood and mastered it, so the current supporting model should be a last resort. This is similar to many small heavy truck enterprises, looking for supporting resources everywhere , cooperation with independent engine enterprises forms the characteristics of alliance.Great wall and BYD's self-produced batteries already have a large scale. The independent and controllable power system is extremely important to the automobile enterprise group. At present, truck enterprises without self-produced engines are difficult to become bigger and stronger. Because engines account for about 20% of the overall cost of automobiles, while batteries currently account for about 30% of passenger cars. At present, the power transformation achievements of the three independent private enterprises are prominent, and BYD's self-reliance is very strong The main battery system is extremely powerful, and the honeycomb power established by the great wall and Geely's new energy battery research have also invested huge resources. At present, it has also achieved initial results.Tesla has begun to extract lithium ore from ore, and its comprehensive cost and resource support capacity have been further strengthened. Our automobile group should also strive for an all-round layout.At present, the development of new energy industry chain is similar to the industrial layout of automobile in the initial stage. In the future, it is bound to gradually form a normal pattern of leading industry chain of vehicle enterprises. The supporting system of self-produced lithium batteries of automobile enterprise groups will still accelerate.5. Enlightenment 2 - popularization of low-cost vehiclesTesla's $25000 electric vehicle plan also poses new challenges to Chinese electric vehicle manufacturers. According to the data of the passenger car market information joint meeting, Tesla's wholesale sales in August were about 11800, ranking first, and the sales volume has exceeded the 10000 mark for several consecutive months. At present, the products of our new power car manufacturers are still expensive, which needs to be accelerated by traditional car manufacturers in the future The transformation of new energy and the industrial promotion of substantial cost reduction can realize that Chinese cars go to the world and make Chinese new energy cars have world advantages.Our car sales are less than 30 million units. At present, many people think it is very high, but the current car market downturn is mainly that entry-level consumers can't afford and use cars. In the future, with the emergence of low-cost electric vehicles, the concept of mobile space will promote the popularization of cars. China's car production of 50 million is not a dream, but can be realized.6. Enlightenment 3 - strengthening the construction of charging energy system
Profit Before Safety? Walmart Sues Tesla, Claims Solar Panels Caused Fires at Several Stores
In a lawsuit filed in the New York State Supreme Court, Walmart said that it faced massive losses after the solar panels supplied by Tesla allegedly caught fire at the stores last year. Much of the merchandise was burnt or damaged, the facilities required substantial repairs, and damages totalled millions of dollars, according to Reuters citing the court papers.The suit claims that Tesla failed to hire qualified workers to install the equipment, and its own inadequate inspections could have threatened the safety of Walmart customers and employees."This is a breach of contract action arising from years of gross negligence and a failure to live up to industry standards by Tesla," Walmart said in court filings. It seeks not only compensation for the damages, but also asks the court to force Tesla to remove solar panels from more than 240 of its stores across the US.Walmart uses solar panels made by SolarCity, which was purchased by Tesla in 2016 for $2.6 billion and has been offering energy services through the parent company since then. The energy company, and now Tesla, was required to install, safely maintain and operate the panel systems.In the lawsuit the retailer, which is one of the major clients of SolarCity, accused the company of "an ill-considered business model" as it "haphazardly" installed the panels as quickly as possible for making profit.Tesla's stock dropped around 1.6 percent in after-hours trading as news of the lawsuit emerged.For more stories on economy & finance visit RT's business section
Foreign Media: Tesla Research Team Is About to Develop a New Generation of Batteries with Revolution
According to foreign media reports, Tesla Canada battery research team led by Jeff Dahn is about to develop a new generation of batteries with revolutionary battery density. In a paper, the team proposed how to use electrolyte solution to solve the failure problem of non anode battery.The paper is entitled "diagnosing and correcting the failure of anodised batteries through electrolyte and morphology analysis". The battery team said that compared with traditional lithium-ion batteries, some anodised batteries can store more energy per unit volume, which is very important to improve the mileage of electric vehicles. In addition, anodal batteries are lighter than traditional batteries.However, with the increase of energy storage capacity, anodal battery also has disadvantages. One of them is the fast loss of battery capacity and short cycle life. In addition, the anode free battery also has safety problems, and its internal lithium metal will also have safety risks.However, Dahn and his team proposed that when using double salt carbonate electrolyte solution, the problem of battery degradation can be alleviated and the service life of anode free battery can be prolonged.The team said: "Recently, we used double salt carbonate electrolyte to realize long-life anode free battery. We used this liquid electrolyte to characterize the degradation of anode free battery. Scanning electron microscope and X-ray tomography were used to observe the deterioration of original lithium morphology, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and ultrasonic transmission were used to diagnose the causes of electrolyte degradation and depletion. In order to test the safety of lithium We also measured the temperature of the battery in the acupuncture test. "When Dahn's team used double salt carbonate electrolyte solution in the battery, an inactive lithium mixture appeared, which can form a large lithium column in the battery and create an ideal lithium form inside the battery, thus solving the problem of short battery life.Previously, Tesla also applied for a patent for an electrolyte solution, which can prolong the service life of the battery when added to the lithium-ion battery.The optimized electrolyte successfully extended the service life of the anode free battery to 200 charge discharge cycles. Previously, Stanford University conducted an experiment on the anode free battery in June and found that the capacity of the battery decreased to 80% after 100 times of operation.
In 2018, Tesla Will Truly Become a Car Enterprise and Define an Internet Company for Traditional Car
If you stand on the mountain of smart cars and look back, it should not be too much to call 2018 "the year of model 3".At 19:45 us time on July 28, 2017, Tesla's cheapest model 3 was officially delivered. As a result, the world's coolest car company began to "vulgar" rush to the consumer market, and even run around solemnly for new car sales and user share. For this reason, model 3 carries not only the title of "the world's coolest car enterprise", but also to greatly shorten the distance between ordinary consumers and intelligent travel.In short, the industry's expectation for model 3 lies in whether it can "win the first World War" like iPhone 4 in the mobile Internet era, and completely subvert consumers' cognition of "intelligence". Surprisingly, this pure electric model from $35000 educated Tesla and traditional carmakers at the same time in 2018.Let Tesla truly become a car enterpriseLet's start with Tesla itself. At the beginning of launching its first product, this Silicon Valley Enterprise received the strategic investment support of Toyota and Daimler. The subsequent completion of the listing of US stocks has become a de facto "unicorn"... Refreshing the record of the capital market all the way. It can be said that until model 3 officially entered the mass market, Tesla hardly really touched the slightest bit of malice in the world.Tesla, which had been going up at a high speed, suddenly fell into a "cliff" in the second half of 2017. Since only 260 model 3 were produced in the third quarter, Tesla has started a complete set of "life-threatening" operations: pulling suppliers to carry the pot, continuously reducing mass production expectations, substantial layoffs, gritting their teeth and making oral commitments to the industry... Finally, Tesla successfully ushered in the company's most serious quarterly loss.The "ticket skipping" that was laughed off by the industry in the past has now turned Tesla into a big liar in the eyes of investors. The failure of the model 3 climbing plan has led to an unprecedented crisis for the whole company. Even investment banks and capital markets face this "spoiled" unicorn. In March 2018, Moody's, a credit rating company, downgraded Tesla's credit rating from B2 to B3 and said it would continue to downgrade the probability. A month later, Goldman Sachs directly advised customers to sell Tesla shares in its report.There is no doubt that Tesla has topped the popular list of "short objects" due to the swing production capacity of model 3. The company's delay in achieving the expected production situation forced the company's CEO musk to personally go to the front line, sleep in the Fremont factory in California, face to face supervise the production process of model 3, and began to improve the work according to the case. The CEO confirmed on twitter on April 3, 2018 that he had taken over the production department of model 3.As for the direct cause of this unprecedented disaster, musk believes that it is mainly due to the lack of battery capacity and the production line has not been fully automated. Based on this, Tesla adjusted the battery production line of gigafactory, spent a lot of money to introduce a large number of robots and production equipment from Europe, and greatly improved the battery manufacturing speed.At the end of vehicle manufacturing, musk also admitted his mistake: "overemphasizing automation is another fatal injury that hinders the production increase of model 3." it is reported that Max Warburton and Toni sacconaghi, analysts of Bernstein research company, believe that Tesla has ordered too many KUKA robotics industrial robots, which will not only press, paint The welding process is automated and attempts to hand over the final assembly work (i.e. placing parts in the vehicle) to the robot.The blind pursuit of efficiency makes the production of model 3 encounter difficulties in welding, final assembly and automatic assembly of battery pack. At this stage, the assembly of this model needs more or less manual assistance to complete smoothly. Tesla simply suspended the operation of the vehicle production line twice, steadily increased the productivity of model 3 automation to 95%, reduced the computer control process as much as possible, and semi forcibly "encouraged" front-line employees to work overtime for 6 * 12 hours.Day and night, coupled with the temporary establishment of equipment parallel production lines in tents, the production capacity of model 3 improved significantly, and successfully passed the "weekly test" in the last week of June 2018. In the whole process of Tesla climbing out of the "capacity hell", we can intuitively see that throughout 2018, the capacity of model increased exponentially in three weeks, and its level is increasingly close to the small goals previously set by the company.Although in order to preserve Musk's "face and lining", the chart data mostly selects the highest production capacity of the month. Fortunately, the production capacity of model 3 also successfully exceeded 1000 units / day on November 30, that is, 7000 vehicles per week. On the whole, the company's total production capacity in the third quarter of 2018 included about 533900 model 3 models, an increase of 187% compared with 2857800 in the previous quarter (Tesla had not released the fourth quarter data as of press time).Directly reflected at the consumer level is the multiplied delivery data of the product. With this confidence, musk recently generously promised that the company could theoretically deliver all model 3 orders by the end of the year. Even if some customers failed to receive their car as promised, Tesla would make up for their losses at its own expense.Of course, Musk's efforts to preserve model 3 are not only to regain consumer confidence, but also out of the instinct of businessmen. You know, the gross profit and capacity improvement of this model directly increased Tesla's revenue level in the third quarter of this year, making the car company that has lost money for 12 consecutive quarters taste the sweetness of making money again.In three months, the gross profit margin of model 3 soared from 5% to 20%. Meanwhile, Tesla delivered a total of 8377500 electric vehicles to users in the quarter, bringing more than $6 billion in auto revenue. "In terms of sales volume, model 3 ranks fifth in the new car sales list in the United States; in terms of revenue, it ranks first in the United States."Obviously, Tesla pays more attention to production efficiency than the outside world has always focused on the capacity targets repeatedly proposed by the company. This "diversion" approach almost changed the rules of the game in the capital market: analysts habitually believe that Tesla is trying to increase production through capital expenditure, so it continues to maintain a state of loss. But the fact is that Tesla's cash in its pocket increased by another $731 million to $2.9 billion in the third quarter, and plans to repay part of its debt.Although they were slapped in the face by the third quarter financial report data, the investment institutions that had been short Tesla still turned to long.Therefore, with the successful "delivery" of model 3, musk redefined the "automobile production mode" and successfully fulfilled the promise of making profits and turning cash flow into positive in the second half of the year. It is such a new model that Tesla, the "intruder", saw and touched the ultra-high threshold of automobile manufacturing, and even let Silicon Valley iron man bow his head and sigh: "it's really not easy to become a large automobile manufacturer."Defining Internet companies for traditional car factoriesIn principle, the job of model 3 has been completed. But if this alone turns 2018 into a highlight moment, it seems somewhat narrow.In addition to the epoch-making properties of the product, the most perfect analogy between model 3 and smartphone is that the hardware configuration of electric vehicle can only be used as the skeleton of the whole vehicle, and the infinitely updated software system undertakes the unpredictable shape of the vehicle. For the reason that iPhone highly depends on app upgrade, perhaps the urgency of replacing the car one day will be because the vehicle hardware can no longer support the needs of system Ota.This is tantamount to accelerating the traditional automobile production mode in disguise. Since an OTA upgrade in October 2015, Tesla has completely removed the seal of smart cars with its "in the air" push autopilot capability. What's more terrible is that this technology enterprise that closely fits OTA with vehicles can even remotely upgrade the mechanical performance of vehicles and forcibly shorten the braking distance of model 3 by 6 meters. Model 3 really smashed the pride of traditional cars, just as iPhone 4 changed people's cognition of mobile phones.History is always surprisingly similar. 10 years ago, the iPhone has become synonymous with the mobile phone from a toy initially ridiculed by many mobile phone giants. 10 years later, we still don't know whether the word "old driver" will be redefined by Tesla. At least from a product point of view, even the design of model 3 draws on the minimalist style of iPhone. Insiders said that model 3 is the product closest to Tesla's mature car building concept. The car minimizes unnecessary design elements in appearance and integrates the user experience advantages of existing intelligent products.Referring to the impact of model s on BBA's position in the traditional luxury car market, this compact car also beats the backbone of the corresponding luxury brand at the other end, directly targeting super typical products such as BMW 3 series, Mercedes Benz C-class and Audi A4.According to public data, in July 2018, the sales volume of single model 3 has exceeded the sum of the sales volume of small and medium-sized cars of any single luxury brand in the U.S. market. The number of model 3 sold in August this year (17800 vehicles) is almost equal to the sum of the sales of six large and medium-sized luxury cars in the United States that month: BMW 3 Series (3751 vehicles), Mercedes Benz C-class (4071 vehicles), Audi A4 (3768 vehicles), Infiniti Q50 (2551 vehicles), Lexus is (2231 vehicles) and Acura TLX (1971 vehicles).While model 3 has become the absolute overlord of the market segment, Tesla's market value also tends to catch up with and surpass the century old giant. As early as April 2017, when Tesla's sales volume was only one tenth of that of the U.S. auto giant, the company's market value successfully surpassed all its local competitors - when generations of "iPhone killers" lined up to die, the iPhone was still alive and growing like a child.In other words, blindly comparing model 3 with iPhone 4 is not as scientific as it sounds. After all, the technical difficulty is far from an order of magnitude, and cars are unlikely to achieve rapid hardware iteration in the short term like mobile phones. But the real horror of Tesla is that this Silicon Valley technology enterprise has a strong brand power similar to "iPod for MP3, iPhone for Smartphone" in just a few years.This is also an absolute competitive barrier created by Tesla for its products in addition to the most conventional performance and price. Taking the high-end market that ordinary people can't reach as the incision, relying on the top-down playing method, combined with the selling points of hard core technology, including the phenomenal press conference and Musk's Twitter, all of them are trying to "brainwash" consumers: Tesla is a high-end brand, and users buy Tesla, far more than an electric car.This mode of operation is hard but also flattering. By the way, it "biases" the development path of traditional luxury brands - to some extent, other luxury brands need to adjust their product planning according to Tesla's design, tonality and pricing strategy. Even when releasing new electric vehicles, they have to rub the popularity of this Internet company: "benchmarking model 3".
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