I totally agree, Jeff.FWIW, I find the animus (based on the posting 'glee' at their issues) on our forum towards Tesla surprising.
For years people have ignored, or never fully understood, the facts surrounding Tesla, but rather repeated what they had heard but didn't really understand, which was about 10% truth mixed with 90% misdirection.
Take, for example, how people believed that Tesla was losing money on each car they built and sold, when, in fact, that was never the case. What was happening was that they were investing more money in the future of their company (for example, by building the Gigafactory and expanding their showroom and supercharger networks) than the cash they were generating from car sales. Here is an analogy.
A kid has a fruit juice stand. It costs him 70 cents to pay for the fruit juice, cups, lids and straws. He sells each cup of juice for $1.00. He makes 30 cents per cup.
He wants to grow his business, so he buys the parts to build a Giga juicer from Acme appliances for $40. Without the juicer, he was only able to make 100 cups of juice per week. With 100 cups of juice sold with a 30 cent profit per cup, he made $30. But he spent $40 on the Giga juicer, for a net income loss of -$10. The people who didn't like the kid selling juice on the street corner decided to tell people that the kid lost $10 selling 100 cups of juice, so they claimed the kid was losing 10 cents for every cup of juice he sold. Well, that was technically true, but totally missed the point, and the basic understanding of how to successfully grow a new business by borrowing ($40 on the kid's credit card) for investments (the juicer) which will pay off in the long-run.
Soon, with the new Giga juicer, the kid will be able to make 1000 cups of juice per week, and keep selling them for 30 cents profit per cup, but now he will NOT have to keep buying a new juicer, because he will now own one. The kid will do very well after his initial capital investment period (buying the Giga juicer) is over, and will soon be off to making 1000 cups times 30 cents profit per cup = $300 of profit per week.
Of course, this oversimplifies everything, but the general idea is the same. How people refused to realize this simple idea of what Tesla was doing blows my mind.
Also, in many other ways, people were eager to be misinformed about Tesla.
Anyway, Tesla just had a great quarter for revenue, and they expect that was the last quarter where they will spend more money (growing their business) than they took in. One more quarter, and they should be profitable from every way of measuring their business. Look out! It really seems as if they are going to pull this off. Wow.
Here is a video which is absolutely hilarious about the rough ride which Tesla has endured from the fear, uncertainty and doubt that has been spread about their company. I am thrilled to see an EXTREMELY innovative high-tech American company do so well. I do hope they grow up and mature in certain ways they lacked previously, because, someday after they have matured and ironed things out, I am totally open to buying vehicles from them.