Other than possible patents on its battery technology, does TSLA have any moat to discourage competition when the company proves itself profitable?
The moat is that Tesla is not a traditional auto maker. Their DNA is way more like Apple than it is Ford. I look at their assembly line as a laboratory where they continually improve how they make cars. As an example, they added the dual motor Model S much more quickly than other automakers could. Also, the new motor acts as a prototype for the Model 3. Traditional auto makers (all the other ones) move MUCH more slowly. Add the gigafactory and you have quite a moat. Of course there is considerably more risk with Tesla than the others. As an investor, I think the risk is worth it.
does TSLA have any moat to discourage competition when the company proves itself profitable?..understanding Tesla is to understand that Elon Musk is doing everything in his power to encourage competition....Tesla, on its own, cannot move the needle with regard to electric vehicles...it's why Musk opened up his patent portfolio...Tesla needs to quickly expand the pie...does him no good to compete in a niche market..
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