Competition In EVs Ramps Up

“The car is to start around $35,000 and with a $7,500 federal electric car tax credit, could cost $27,500. Tesla says the five-seat car will be able to go 215 miles (133 kilometers) on a single charge and will be sporty, accelerating from zero to 60 miles per hour in under six seconds. Musk had said that production was on track to start in July, but Tesla has often faced delays in getting vehicles to market. The Palo Alto, California-based company aims to make 5,000 Model 3 sedans per week by the end of this year and 10,000 per week in 2018.”
 
See Tesla says its Model 3 car will go on sale on Friday
My preferred EV is not alone. Competition in EVs is ramping up. Even Tesla which has started with very expensive high-end models is now competing with the likes of Nissan Leaf in price/performance. Solo, however, is in a niche by itself, a single-seater commuter, but in a year or two competition will ramp up there too. It may help that some people don’t know a kilometre from a mile as in TFA but Solo is by far the most efficient EV I’ve seen. It can compete on the numbers: miles/kWh, cost of operation and price. It’s aerodynamic, it’s light, it’s small and doesn’t lug around anything that’s unnecessary. That keeps down the price and gives the customer what they want, trouble-free transportation from A to B.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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8 Responses to Competition In EVs Ramps Up

  1. DrLoser says:

    Oh, the 1960s had a few [battleships]

    Followed by the sort of pointless reminiscences favored on that classic Simpson’s show where (senile) Grandpa explained how he used the ferry whilst tying onions to his waist and paying in “bumblebees.”

    You’ve lost it, old man.

    There is no sensible way to compare a battleship to a four-wheeled domestic automobile.

    You cannot use a simile. You cannot use an analogy. You cannot use a metaphor.

    All you can do is to sound like a senile old fool who fondly remembers the back when, a sweet and painless time when tying onions to your belt made sense.

  2. Grece wrote, “When was the last time you saw a battleship on the highway Robert?”

    Oh, the 1960s had a few, like my Dad’s Ford Meteor, 3600 pounds of steel. It was so large we could get up and walk around on the back seat. I think that was before seatbelting… It could carry 3 adults on the front bench seat and 3 on the rear seat or a whole lot of kids. We were 7 in my family. Why was that considered a necessity when today’s family cars weigh just 2000 pounds and have 100 HP engines instead of 200HP? That’s progress, evolution of the concept and the market. Today the market wants small cars for small families and Solo is for individuals who drive around in empty cars…

  3. Grece says:

    Driving a battleship is not a requirement for quality time.

    I agree with the Doctor, you are insane! When was the last time you saw a battleship on the highway Robert?

    Trying to compare a battleship, to a family van, that has two large dissimilar masses, is a joke Robert. I am starting to question your physics education here, due to some of the things you say, no educated physics person would insinuate ever.

    Living on the tit from your pension and TLW’s pocketbook is unhealthy. As your pension could go “kaput” Robert, and don’t try to say it cannot.

    I will close with this, “Chase your passion, not your pension” and in your case, you chose the latter.

  4. Grece wrote, “what a dysfunctional family you must have, not wanting to spend time with them”.

    The size of one’s car has nothing to do with time spent with family. My kids are all grown and each has access to a “family car”. Why do I need one as well? We spend lots of time together in my home, in their homes, in my yard, in forest and field… Driving a battleship is not a requirement for quality time.

  5. Grece says:

    I don’t have kids or grand kids to drive around so that’s not what I want. What I want is a transporter for me, only me

    You aloof recluse, what a dysfunctional family you must have, not wanting to spend time with them. I have many fond moments riding in my Pop’s truck when I was a youngster, although he never did over 40 mph.

  6. DrLoser wrote, “a realistic entrant to the market, ie the Leaf, does roughly twice what your backwards tricycle promises but cannot deliver”.

    That’s true if what one wants is a “family sedan”. I don’t have kids or grand kids to drive around so that’s not what I want. What I want is a transporter for me, only me, and Solo does that very well. Solo does what I want for about half the cost of Leaf. Two Solos would give us more flexibility than one Leaf as well. Since the Lexus has become trouble-prone, Solo is the better option.

  7. DrLoser says:

    My preferred EV is not alone.

    It rather depends upon your definition of “alone,” old wrinkly miserly wife-dependent one.

    Apparently you are “alone” in the sense that you won’t see one of these wretched things until about 2020. (Calculations courtesy of Grece.)

    Meanwhile, a realistic entrant to the market, ie the Leaf, does roughly twice what your backwards tricycle promises but cannot deliver. And will no doubt continue to improve battery life and recharge cycles for the next five years whilst you wait for a plastic tricycle that you are too fat to sit in and which will never, in a million years, appear in front of your drive-way.

    I never thought it would come to this, Robert. I apologise. I have thought long and hard about this.

    But you are insane.

    Luckily, “the little woman” will catch you as you fall.

  8. Grece says:

    The Bolo is no competition you wanker.

    Unlike Electra Meccanica, Tesla will meet their production numbers, all the while providing support, parts and warranties.

    https://cleantechnica.com/2017/01/03/teslas-2016-deliveries-production/

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