Here’s the latest reader rant, along with my reply!
Peter writes: I did pay over $50k for Tesla 3 but will get $7,500 tax credit. I think Tesla is making roughly $5k on each car. I bought it mainly to feel good about not being dependent on big oil and coal and to set a precedent. I will only drive it locally, so it will run on Sun ? source only. We have 31 modules on our roof. Still, I’m on the grid, like all of us.
My response: You make my points for me! Obviously you’re affluent enough to not have to worry about the cost of a new car, much less gas. You bought your Tesla to make a statement – to “feel good” – though I’m baffled by your feel-good statement about “not being dependent on big oil and coal.”
I am grateful for the existence of both as they provide me (and others) with inexpensive, convenient energy which does not require government mandates or subsidies nor impose time-wasting hassles on me.
Most of us cannot afford a $50,000 car or the thousands you spend on your solar array.
Teslas are toys for the virtue-signaling affluent. You’ve said so yourself!
And Tesla is not making “roughly $5k on each car.” They are taking a net loss on the “sale” of each car. And so are taxpayers like me, who were forced (via subsidies) to “help” you buy your $50,000 virtue-signaling electric car.
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