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      03-03-2018, 01:34 PM   #372
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Originally Posted by m34m View Post
Maybe the better question is whether an EV only business model makes sense? Tesla's model requires government subsidies and has proven to be unsustainable on its own. Are you suggesting the major OEM's follow this path?
I think you hit the nail on the head.

I'm not certain the EV market has matured enough to be a financially successful standalone business model; for now, it seems better placed as a developmental hedge for a traditional vehicle manufacturing operation.

Also, Tesla's market cap being higher than Ford isn't a true measure of either company's net worth; it's simply a function of stock price * number of outstanding shares - I.E. Ford's simply been better at buying back stock/limiting its dependency on outside investor funds. Positive cash flow tends to have that effect.