Who Loses When Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) Stock Wins?

investJay Taylor:  Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) is on a winning streak. And what happens when Tesla stock wins?

Tesla stock is up over 40% in 2014, 65% over the past year and more than 500% over the past two years.

Tesla’s Model S outsold its luxury competition from BMW, Audi, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche in 2013.

The company’s first car, the Model S, was rated by Consumer Reports the best car it has ever tested. Its second car, the Model X, is due out in 2015. Tesla announced this week that its third car, the Model 3, will come out in 2017 and will cost only $35,000.

But when Tesla wins somebody must be losing. Who loses when Tesla wins?

The easy answer to the question is that other car companies are losing out. Tesla is only 11 years old. By comparison, Ford (NYSE: F) is 111 years old. General Motors (NYSE: GM) is 106 years old.

Some have kept up with consumer sentiment and offered fuel efficient vehicles. The Toyota (NYSE: TM) Prius has redefined the way we think about fuel efficiency. I personally love my Honda (NYSE: HMC) hybrid, though I eagerly await the day I can trade up to a Tesla Model 3.

Tesla is the new kid on the block and with every car it sells, the company steals market share away from the major car companies.

But these are not the real losers in the battle against Tesla. When Tesla stock wins, gas loses. Specifically gas stations.

I can think of a number of companies whose basic business model is disrupted by someone driving across the country in a Tesla without ever stopping at a gas station. It is already possible for someone in New York to hop in their Tesla and drive to Los Angeles without ever having to plug into anything other than a Tesla supercharger station.


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