It Appears That the Electric Vehicle Is Winning After All
Tesla dominated the alt fuel news this past weekend following Friday evening’s long-awaited debut of the electric automaker’s Model 3. Far more affordable at $35,000 (before incentives and without options) than its premium predecessor the Model S, the 220-mile car is seen by many as tipping the macro argument of electric versus fuel power in favor or the electric.
“Model 3 is a smaller, simpler and a more affordable electric car,” Tesla says. “Designed and built as the world’s first mass-market electric vehicle, it is a critical step in Tesla’s mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.”
The New York Times editorial board noted the Model 3 launch, and noted too on Monday that last week “Britain joined France in pledging to end the sale of new gas and diesel cars by 2040,” following Norway and India “and at least ten other countries” that have set ambitious electric transportation goals.
“Tesla’s Model 3 is here, and it’s much more than an electric car,” said Jack Stewart in Wired. “The air was electric in Fremont,” he wrote. “Everyone is excited for a reason. The arrival of Tesla’s Model 3 signals a new chapter in automotive history.”
“If anybody was expecting a typical boring electric sedan here, nope,” wrote Kim Reynolds of Motor Trend. “Magic, I’m telling you. Magic.”
One the negative side, the $35,000 version of the Model 3 is bereft of features (such as Tesla’s vaunted autopilot), and won’t be available to most consumers until next year. The 310-mile version being made available first costs an additional $9,000. A premium package with superior audio and heated seats is $5,000 more. Want a color otrher than black? It’s yours for $1,000.
Unlike Model S drivers, Model 3 drivers will have to pay for electricity at Tesla charging points.
Tesla fleet operators include Modev and EVX Corp Limo in Los Angeles, American Corporate Sedan & Limousine in Los Angeles and Jacksonville, Fla., Quicksilver TownCar in San Francisco, Yorkville Limousine in Toronto, Tesla Taxi in Switzerland, and Evoke in Sydney, Australia.
Source: Tesla and published reports