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Re: Electric Vehicles
« Reply #375 on: March 21, 2018, 09:35:42 pm »
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Why Electric SUVs Will Save America's Car Companies

MAR 19, 2018 JUAN COLE

SNIPPET:

So what Ford execs are telling Forbes is that they know we are in a gasoline price trough right now, and that they know it is highly unlikely to last. Another big run-up of prices is around the corner—more especially since demand from growing economies such as China and India could well grow significantly as people abandon bicycles for motorcycles and automobiles.

When the price of gasoline goes back up, demand for SUVs and Mustangs will plummet, and Ford will be in trouble.

But there is an escape hatch for Ford and other American automobile manufacturers.

The electric SUV? 

You nailed it.

Renewable electricity is the future, and it is highly deflationary because the fuel is free. Renewables now account for 18% of American electricity generation and for the bulk of *new* installations. In Iowa, wind alone will make 40% of the state’s electricity by 2020.

So as we go, over the next decade and a half, to a grid largely powered by renewables, we will escape the roller coaster ride of oil and gas prices and electricity will get cheaper and more reliable. In fact, some towns in Texas are opting for wind power because the utility can tell you the cost of wind for 25 years out (after installation and maintenance, basically zero). No one can tell you the cost of fossil fuels even 5 years out.

Utilities are waking up to the renewables revolution, which will happen long before anybody expects it, and, as Quartz reports, are now actively promoting the idea of electric vehicles, since EVs will be crucial to their own profit margins. They will have to slightly shift their business model, charging not for the cost of fuel to generate electricity but for the cost of construction, maintenance and distribution of wind and solar facilities. EVs will be what they have going for them with regard to growth. And electric SUVs will be even better for their bottom line.

So, an electric SUV like the 2020 Ford Mach 1 or an electric Mustang won’t be vulnerable to consumer fickleness and Ford can count on steady sales year after year, escaping a major challenge to its business model.

And when the future of multi-billion-dollar American corporations depends on something, they will make it happen. Automobile companies used to do sweetheart deals in back rooms with Big Oil. They were an obstacle to the growth of green energy.

But if Ford switches around and takes a stand that is earth- and climate-friendly, that is a bright ray of hope for the future of the planet.   



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Re: Electric Vehicles
« Reply #376 on: March 30, 2018, 02:04:39 pm »

Best Way To Slash Urban Emissions & Energy Usage? Autonomous Electric Taxis Are The Answer
March 30th, 2018 by Steve Hanley



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Re: Electric Vehicles
« Reply #377 on: April 03, 2018, 05:09:11 pm »
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April 2, 2018

BY ERIC LOVEDAY

6 Used Plug-In Electric Cars That Spend The Least Days On Dealer Lots

Six out of the 10 used cars that spend the least days on dealer lots are plug-in hybrids or pure electric vehicles, but there are reasons not often explained in connection to this.

Often you’ll see this posted as quickest selling used cars, but “selling” is not always happening here in the traditional sense.

Related – $40,000 Used CPO Model S EVs Overwhelm Tesla’s Pre-Owned Site

The average used car spends (in 2017) 33.4 days on the lot, but the top 10 quickest movers spend “only 70 to 80 percent of that amount of time, ranging from 22.2 to 26.1 days,” according to iSeeCars. The site adds:

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“Six of the top ten are alternative-fuel cars, with three electric cars and three plug-in hybrids.”

That would seem to indicate that used plug-in hybrids and EVs are hugely popular then, right? We’ll explain what’s going on here in a bit, but first ,let’s look at those 6 used plug-ins that are on the top 10 movers list:


The Tesla Model S, ranked tenth overall, but sixth among plug-ins on the list with an on-the-lot period of 26.1 days. iSeeCars stated:

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“Tesla’s popularity, along with the scarcity of the Model S on the used car market, is probably driving prices up while cars continue to sell quickly.”

Our research indicates this to be accurate. Used Model S sedans are often in short supply and sometimes a substantial price drop for CPO Teslas creates a boom in sales. Who doesn’t want a $120,000 car for $40,000 – $50,000?

 

5. Ford Fusion Energi

The Fusion Energi spends 26.1 days on the lot, which is the same as the Model S, but it’s a rounded figure, so iSeeCars actually puts it just ahead of the S in terms of days on the lot.

 


4. Nissan LEAF

The introduction of the new 2018 LEAF means that used older LEAFs have seen their value plummet to an average selling price of $11,703, according to iSeeCars. Without a doubt, this price cut leads to less time on lots and, in fact, at just 25 days, the LEAF moves into #6 overall and fourth among plug-ins.

 


3. Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid & Prime

This one is a bit of an outlier as it covers two generations of cars, but we read the tea leaves here and can see that the iSeeCars figures apply almost entirely to the older, first-generation Prius plug-in hybrid and not the current Prime.

The on-the-lot days for the Prius Plug-In Hybrid is 24.7 days.

iSeeCars states:

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“Plug-in Hybrids meet the requirements for California’s Green Clean Air Vehicle Decals, which allows drivers to use HOV lanes, and the distribution limit of these stickers was removed last year, possibly increasing the Prius Plug-in Hybrid’s popularity there,” said Ly.”



2. BMW i3

The BMW i3 ranked second overall and 2nd among plug-ins at 23.2 days on the lot. It’s average selling price of $23,603 is down considerably from last year’s $38,285, owing to the fact that lots of leased i3s are hitting lots now.


1.Fiat 500e

Topping the overall list and leading the way for plug-in is the Fiat 500e. It spends just 22.2 days on the lots. Its average selling price is crazy low at $9,055, a drop of 40.4 percent from $15,187 last year.

 

Closing

As we mentioned in the introduction:

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"Six of the top ten are alternative-fuel cars, with three electric cars and three plug-in hybrids.”

“That would seem to indicate that used plug-in hybrids and EVs are hugely popular then, right? We’ll explain what’s going on here in a bit”

First up, the plug-in hybrids. In California, with the green stickers now a thing of the past, these used examples that have that coveted sticker will surely move quickly off lots. Here’s the future green sticker outlook from the State of California:

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“Access to high-occupancy vehicle lanes for vehicles with green and white decals will expire January 1, 2019. Vehicles issued a green or white decal in 2017 or 2018 will be eligible to reapply for a decal in 2019 granting them access to high–occupancy toll lanes until January 1, 2022.”

So, get them while they last. This explains why the i3, Fusion Energi and Prius move quickly, but what about the LEAF and 500e?

Wholesalers for the 500e and super-low prices, which equate to amazing deals for the Nissan LEAF.

This leaves just the Tesla Model S, which largely sells quickly on its own, though those occasional CPO price cuts certainly reduced selling days here and there.

For more on 2017’s quickest selling used cars, see the source link below

Source: iSeeCars

Category: BMW, Fiat, Ford, Lists, Nissan, Tesla, Toyota

Tags: BMW i3, cpo, deals, featured, Fiat 500E, Ford Fusion Energi, Nissan LEAF, Tesla Model S, toyota prius, used cars


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Re: Electric Vehicles
« Reply #378 on: April 05, 2018, 05:24:45 pm »
How Shenzhen, China, Built The World’s Largest Electric ⚡ Bus Fleet 

April 5th, 2018 by World Resources Institute

Originally published on WRI.

By Lu Lu, Lulu Xue and Weimin Zhou

SNIPPET:

Diesel buses—and the choking smog they spew—are a common sight in most cities. But not in Shenzhen, China.

Photo by Lu Lu/WRI China

The southeastern city, which connects Hong Kong to mainland China, announced at the end of last year that all of its 16,359 buses had gone electric. The city’s buses are the world’s first 100% electrified bus fleet, and its largest—bigger than New York’s, Los Angeles’s, New Jersey’s, Chicago’s and Toronto’s electric bus fleets combined.

How the city overcame obstacles like high costs, lack of charging station infrastructure and more provides lessons for other cities looking to electrify their bus lines.

Costs and Benefits of E-Buses

Diesel buses may comprise a small percentage of the vehicles on city roads, but they create an outsized environmental impact. In Shenzhen, diesel buses represent 0.5 percent of a city’s total vehicle fleet, but account for 20 percent of its transport emissions because they operate longer and drive more miles than private cars.

Switching to electric buses thus offers a vital path towards clean air. Cities and states around the world, such as London and California, are pursuing e-buses as a way to meet their air quality goals.

Yet shifting from diesel to e-buses isn’t easy. Electric buses cost 2 to 4 times1 more upfront than conventional diesel buses. They need the infrastructure to support consistent charging. And their batteries need to be replaced at least once during their lifetime, which can be costly. Battery replacement is nearly half of a vehicle’s price.


Shenzhen: The Making of the World’s Largest E-Bus Fleet

Yet Shenzhen was still able to cost-effectively electrify its buses. Four tactics helped: 💫 

Read more:

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Re: Electric Vehicles
« Reply #379 on: April 05, 2018, 11:21:57 pm »
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By  Lorraine Chow

Apr. 04, 2018 02:16PM EST

Costa Rica's New President Vows 'Emancipation' From Dirty Transport 

Carlos Alvarado Quesada, the president-elect of Costa Rica, plans to continue the country's extraordinary stewardship of the environment with a pledge to decarbonize its transportation sector.

On Sunday, he promised that one day Costa Rica will "celebrate its emancipation from petrol and diesel in the transportation system, replacing them with clean energy," Climate Change News quoted him saying.

"That transformation would be the 'abolition of the army' of our generation," said Alvarado Quesada, 38, comparing the task to the country's disbanding of military forces in 1948, a point of national pride.

In recent years, Costa Rica has become a global green leader for deriving most of its electricity without using fossil fuels. Last year, the nation of 4.8 million people ran for 300 consecutive days on its renewable energy mix of hydropower, wind and geothermal. That impressive feat bested its 2015 record of 299 days of 100 percent renewable production. It also went 271 days using only renewable energy production in 2016.

Despite a 98 percent renewable power grid, its "Achilles heel" is its gasoline-dependent transportation sector. About half of its climate-changing emissions come from transport.

But the Costa Rican government has been working hard to green its fleet. Earlier this year, President Luis Guillermo Solís signed a law that eliminates sales, customs and circulation taxes for electric vehicles and allows them to use municipal parking facilities free of charge.

"This law will make it possible to transform Costa Rica's vehicle fleet in just a few years, from cars, cargo vehicles, trains and buses, replacing them with 100 percent electric vehicles," the outgoing president said then.

Alvarado Quesada from the ruling Citizen Action Party won more than 60 percent of the vote and will take office on May 8. According to Climate Change News, he campaigned on modernizing and electrifying an old diesel train, promoting research and development in hydrogen and biofuels by transforming the state-owned oil refinery, and banning oil and gas exploration in the country.

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Re: Electric Vehicles
« Reply #380 on: April 07, 2018, 12:32:44 pm »
Lightning ⚡ Systems’ Electric Ford Transit Vans Begin Deliveries This Month

April 6th, 2018 by Steve Hanley

Lighting Systems, based in Colorado, has developed a complete battery electric drivetrain for the heavy duty Ford Transit vans. The upfit is offered as part of the Ford Quality Vehicle Modifier program, which keeps the original factory warranty intact for vehicles modified by approved companies like Lightning Systems, XL Hybrids, and Motiv Power Systems. Vans outfitted with the Lightning Systems electric powertrain will come with a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty from the company.

Lightning Systems electric Ford Transit

The company will take the new electric Transit vans on tour this month and deliver the first of them to Halo Event Group, a FedEx Ground contractor in New York City, and XPO Bus Sales in Los Angeles when the tour concludes. CleanTechnica’s Tina Casey is planning to test drive one of the vans in New York City later this month.

“The upcoming road show is a great chance for fleets to experience firsthand how quiet, smooth, and powerful the new LightningElectric is,” said Tim Reeser, chief executive officer for Lightning Systems. “It comes with all the benefits fleets expect from a Ford vehicle — interior comfort, warranty and top-class fit and finish — with the added benefits of a zero emissions electric vehicle like instant acceleration and lower maintenance costs.”

Lightning Systems says its certified upfit contractors can complete the conversion process in a few hours. It is working with Ford to obtain a rolling chassis with no drivetrain installed direct from the factory. Until that happens, the original drivetrain components are being repurposed. The conversion is available for all versions of the Ford Transit 350HD chassis, which is used in many commercial applications that involve passenger and cargo transportation.

The primary benefit for customers is a significant drop in operating and maintenance costs. The Lightning Systems Transit van has been rated at 61 eMPG in city use and 66 eMPG on the highway by the EPA. Transits with conventional powertrains are rated 13 city and 15 highway. In addition, the Lightning Systems Transit is eligible for a variety of federal, states, and local zero emissions incentives that may reduce the acquisition cost by $25,000 or more.

The electric Transit is available with either 50 miles or 100 miles of range. Recharging time is 30 minutes with DC fast-charging equipment and 6 hours with a Level 2 240 volt charger. Payload for the short-range version is 4,000 lbs and 3,000 lbs for the longer range model. Lighting Systems also manufactures hybrid and fuel cell conversions for the Ford Transit van in order to meet the needs of its customers.

“The LightningElectric is the full package,” Reeser added. “Engineering excellence combined with high-quality components validated by years of use in the industry, merged into a first-class, proven platform and supported by the Ford eQVM program and Ford dealer network for service and base-vehicle warranty. Add to this our industry-leading efficiency numbers, with the current government incentives landscape, and it is easy to see why we are already having to add to our production capacity.”



https://cleantechnica.com/2018/04/06/lightning-systems-electric-ford-transit-vans-begin-deliveries-this-month/

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DBC Cookie • 20 hours ago
If electric delivery vans become popular, and I hope they do, night-time demand for electricity will increase. That's exactly the time solar is not producing energy, so even more batteries will be needed. At least with a personal car there is a chance it can be charged at work.


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Dan  DBC Cookie • 20 hours ago
New York just anounced a big off shore wind project. That will help with those night hours.


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Brent Jatko  Dan • 19 hours ago
Offshore wind (as opposed to the hot air coming from the politicians in Trenton) is coming to NJ as well.


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Mazter  DBC Cookie • 10 hours ago
Hydro, wind, bio-energy, CSP (in southern States), PHS.


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Andy • 7 hours ago
The problem with conversions is the suboptimal weight distribution. As can be seen from the diagram, all the additional weight is outside the wheel-base with no weight inside the wheel-base, where the ideal configuration is to have all the additional weight inside the wheel-base. Three dimensionally it also has additional weight above the axles, where the ideal is below, or at least centred on the axles.

Having said that, conversion of these vans might shame Ford into producing purpose built electric vans. In general, conversion is probably a better option than just scrapping what are otherwise desirable vehicles, when goverments begin imposing bans on ICE vehicles, so the existence of experienced conversion companies is a good thing. When i first started looking at getting an EV, 30 years ago, conversions were all i could consider.


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Martin  Andy • 2 hours ago
Well, if the corps will not build EV's, but people want there some, other ones will supply to the market, just look what the German post office did, when they were told an EV van could not be build.


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Steve Hanley  Andy • an hour ago
Good points, Andy. A New Flyer bus with the batteries mounted on the roof rolled over this week. Ruh Roh! I'm thinking of doing a story about that but don't want it to be too snarky.


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freedomev  Andy • 43 minutes ago
It doesn't have to be done that way. Fact is conversions is how a lot of Vans, trucks are going to become EVs.
As battery prices drop, EV motors, controllers already have the parts are low enough to just convert a company's ICE vans, trucks to serial or pure EV drive., not unlike what Workhorse has done for their drives.
Thus save the cost of a new EV van for about $15k as not enough new ones will be available a accounts do the numbers..
This is especially true for those with alum bodied vans which can go for 40-50 yrs and need engine replacing in 5-10 yrs. Thus saving the cost of a new ICE, etc and cutting running costs by 75% help pay for the conversion.


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Andy  freedomev • 11 minutes ago
Yes. The more the merrier.


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bwollsch • 2 hours ago
So we see it is possible to have a Ford electric delivery van. Why does this need to be outsourced to a third party? Why isn't Ford doing this internally now?


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Steve Hanley  bwollsch • an hour ago
Wish we had an answer to that question.


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Re: Electric Vehicles
« Reply #381 on: April 14, 2018, 04:25:22 pm »
Volkswagen’s 1st Chinese EV — Built With JAC

April 14th, 2018 by Tim Dixon

Originally published on EV Obsession.


Pictures of Volkswagen’s first Chinese electric vehicle built via its joint venture with JAC recently surfaced from patent filings. The vehicle looks very similar to the iEV7S, with some minor cosmetic changes.


Rumors & Spy Shots 🕵️

The Volkswagen and JAC joint venture should be presenting its 3 models by the end of the quarter, according to Gasgoo, and spy images indicate the first car will be heavily based off of the iEV7S (pictured in the images below).


http://www.chooseauto.com.cn/xinche/guonei/277374.shtml

It is rumoured that these more affordable electric cars will be sold under the SEAT brand in China, which is supported by the square logo on the battery charge port. Although, other more recent rumors indicate it will be under a new brand, Sol.

The changes can be seen in the front and rear but it’s easy to see the JAC iEV7S under the SEAT styling.



The choice of building its electric vehicles from an existing lineup is smart, as JAC electric cars are well designed and doing this will drastically cut entry to market time and costs since the factories and suppliers are already working to make the iEV7S and can probably easily migrate based on demand.

The iEV7S costs 119,500 yuan ($19,000) after subsidies. It comes equipped with an electric motor with 116 horsepower / 270 Nm of torque, and it has a stated range of 280 kilometres (174 miles), but that is not a real-world range.

This is a good package for its price. It’s unlikely that Volkswagen will change too much for its own offering. It’s more likely to add features as the product and brand matures.

My Thoughts

My personal experience with the iEV7S and other iEVs makes me confident that this should meet Volkswagen goal — an affordable but well designed EV. Volkswagen’s first Chinese electric vehicle won’t be a Volkswagen-only EV effort, as illustrated well in the fuzzy screenshot of a Chinese Volkswagen site below. It is possible that this is more of a large-scale compliance car effort to avoid problems in the near term with China’s new electric vehicle policy.


Previous Related News


Volkswagen and JAC have been in the news for their joint venture. In July 2017, Volkswagen and JAC signed an agreement for a new joint venture to build electric cars in China in front of Chancellor Merkel and Premier Li Keqiang in Berlin. In November 2018, Volkswagen and JAC agreed to cooperate more deeply in the development of vehicles, design, product quality, and underlying technology.

What comes next? We don’t know, but we’ll be sure to report on it once we find out.

For updates, follow my Twitter or add me on LinkedIn.

Related: JAC iEV7S Review — Big Step Up From 2017 JAC iEV6S (CleanTechnica Review)

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🌞 Tim Dixon When not researching the Chinese electric car market, I am teaching in China. My interest in sustainable development started in University and it led me to work with Tesla Europe in the Supercharger team. I'm interested in science fiction, D&D, and travel.

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« Reply #382 on: April 18, 2018, 01:31:33 pm »
Ola To Add 10,000 Electric ⚡ 3-Wheelers To Fleet Over Next 12 Months ✨

April 17th, 2018 by James Ayre

Despite the current and reportedly ongoing problems with its electric vehicle pilot in Nagpur, the India-based on-demand taxi service Ola is now planning to add a further 10,000 electric vehicles — 3-wheelers this time — to its fleet over the next 12 months.


The deployment will be made with backing from the investment group SoftBank Group, and represent part of the company’s plans to possess an electric vehicle (EV) fleet of at least 1 million by the year 2021.

In the press release on the matter, the firm noted that coordination with various state governments was planned for the deployment (as well as battery and auto manufacturers, of course).

“From cycle rickshaws to ‘shuttles’ and last-mile transport, three-wheelers continue to be a dominant form of daily transit for many people across the nation,” Ola stated. “Building on the pioneering EV pilot by the company in Nagpur, Ola believes electrification can improve outcomes for drivers, customers, and its business model.”


With regard to the EV pilot project in Nagpur, as we reported previously, a notable portion of the drivers of the EVs in question are apparently looking to return their cars and replace them with petrol/gasoline powered options again, due to overly long waiting times at fast-charging stations. Company reps have commented, though, that lessons have been learned…

“The EV (electric vehicle) program in Nagpur has provided Ola with significant insights into effectively managing vehicles, batteries, and operations,” a statement read. The company is now reportedly working to improve the charging situation.




Reuters provides more: “Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is determined to promote electric vehicle use, starting with public transport and taxis, to combat rising pollution, and reduce the nation’s dependence on imported oil. India has also set a target to make all new vehicles electric by 2030.

“Ola, which operates in 110 Indian cities and has over a million driver partners, said the electric 3-wheelers will be introduced in 3 cities but did not name them. Three-wheelers are commonly used, especially in smaller cities, but electric variants were introduced only a couple of years ago.

“Ola did not say which manufacturers would provide the 3-wheelers or whether it would be the company making the purchases or whether the vehicles would be driver-owned. It also did not provide details of when it planned to introduce electric cars.”

Presumably, then, that means that specifics have yet to be firmly decided upon on those counts.

Here’s Ola’s closing paragraph in this week’s press release:

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“Ola is in discussion with several state governments to create an appropriate policy environment to deploy electric three wheelers.  The company is also talking to OEM partners and EV innovators globally to bring vehicles on the road in a planned and phased manner.  With the addition of 10,000 vehicles across three cities this year, Ola is quickly set to become one of the largest EV fleet operators in the world.”

To learn more about the new initiative, go to: mission-electric.in

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« Reply #383 on: April 23, 2018, 04:39:01 pm »

Tesla Model S Crushes Large Luxury Car Competition In USA

April 22nd, 2018 by Zachary Shahan

SNIPPET 1:

In July of 2017, I put together a comparison of Tesla Model S sales and other large luxury car sales in the USA. An update has long been due.

The story was very much the same in the first part of 2018 as it was in the first part of 2017. The Tesla Model S sat comfortably at #1 in this category.

SNIPPET 2:

This isn’t a blip in history. Rather, it’s been the story in the US large luxury car market for years.

Someone new to the topic might wonder why the Model S performs so well and outsells historic giants of the market such as the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series. Each individual buyer is different, but in aggregate, it seems that would be due to the Tesla’s superior performance, advanced tech (esp. Autopilot), smooth and fun electric driving experience, convenient home charging, attractive design, superb safety (top of the market), and zero emissions. However, we don’t have any definitive research on the matter, so we’re left to speculate based on anecdotes and some consumer research.

Tesla Model 3 Following Suit
 


Full article with more eye opening graphics:

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/04/22/tesla-model-s-crushes-luxury-car-competition-in-usa/
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