Meanwhile, I have the only one in Trenton, NJ. The other side of the coin.
I recall reading this same article about a month ago as well. I think someone is trying to pump up Tesla stock. The author claims to have counted multiple Teslas in driveways. Wouldn't the cars be more likely to be inside garages anyway, plugged in and charging? I've only seen two other Teslas in my California town of Berkeley. The employee at the Tesla shop in Palo Alto told me there were 600 Model S cars in the Bay Area as of January. It's not a bad pipe dream but it is horrible journalism.
ok, maybe You are all right and I'm wrong, but I think it is the right direction. Remember, what the Prius did to the Californian market- and that's a japanese car. California is a very big market and I agree with the author, that Tesla probably sell 20.000 cars annually just in California! I'm sure, they could and they will.
I love it when people make up statistics.
It's getting to be the same way in the Greater Seattle area. New Model S's everywhere. The Pacific NW has a similar high tech environment and the locals want to preserve what is left our beautiful, green, great outdoors.
I think Tesla's level of success in California at this juncture is because they became aware of the Tesla earlier and the earliest adopters were electrical engineers and tech types that understood the technology and knew that Tesla's approach to EVs and battery management would work. More early cars on the road equals more free advertizing when the car is beautiful, powerful and spacious.
We have mega-commutes in this area similar to California. EV access to carpool lanes, like they have in California, would give Tesla another boost. The NW enjoys cheap, clean electricity and that doesn't hurt the NW market either.
There are three Teslas on my street in Seattle (one of them a Roadster). But I wouldn't extrapolate much from that.
Big trends from little extrapolations grow. Sometimes.
CA has serious financial problems....but it does have a tendency to lead the country in trends, especially technology related trends.
Yes, headquarters in Palo Alto, factory in Fremont, Superchargers....easier for us to get over the hurdle to buy. If Model S makes it big here, there is a good chance of other geographies following, with a lag. It takes time to build brand and trust.
I see at least one per hour of driving. And there are 5 regulars between this office bldg and the one next door.
So yes, I can extrapolate, if Tesla does not screw things up.
I'm in Arizona north of Phoenix. I have yet to see another Model S. The attitude from other drivers is also very different here. I have never been chased down, photographed or gotten a finger up for driving the Tesla. People are much more reserved than in California. Even in a crowded parking lot nobody has ever really stopped to look at the car or ask any questions.
Mind you, I prefer it that way:-)
I live in Orange County CA (between LA and San Diego) and my S and three others regularly park in my office parking structure. I also know 2 other owners in the OC. Still Volts and Priuses greatly outnumber us but we are moving in the right direction.
They know not what they see.
Los Angeles is lagging a bit behind. Only spotted one in the wild in South Bay - south of LAX - a highly affluent area.
It depends on how you define the market. Tesla has a 100% share of cars I've purchased this year. :-)
I HAVE noticed a lot of them in the Bay Area. Especially on the Peninsula and ESPECIALLY in the more absurdly expensive neighborhoods. It's certainly an encouraging sign, but extrapolation is a dangerous business.
Perhaps some bright Tesla bean counter has decreed:
1. Produce the more expensive (85, air, tech, pano, etc,) models first for quickest growth of cash flow.
2. Produce cars for Bay Area orders first to save or eliminate actual delivery costs, while collecting the same delivery fee as orders going thousands of miles.
3. Collect final payments days or weeks sooner than on orders going far away.
These could explain why the 40 orders, non-air, etc. have been delayed, and greatly increase the odds of showing a first quarter profit to befuddle the pessimistic financial experts.
I live in a very modest Bay Area neighborhood and there are already 4 that I see almost every day.
There are 5 Model S's in my workplace of ~1000 people. Downtown San Jose, Ca.
I'm pretty sure that these 5 displaced 5 high-end German purchases since that's the current vehicle owned by these folks! They are all 85kwh batteries with 4 of them as Performance Versions.
There are 4 Model S' on my campus of 190 families, I'm sure that will grow to 5 or 6 by this summer. Sorry for my post by the way, didn't recognize this one under s different name on the same subject.
I run a sports club with about 100 members, two of whom (including myself) have taken delivery of their Model S, and a third will soon. With that, the Model S will become the single most common car among our members. There are only two Leaf owners. I love it, when statistics totally distort the actual picture.
Carefree: I live south of Phoenix and am continually being accosted in parking lots by interested people and get thumbs up. Haven't seen a finger up yet. I haven't seen another S on the road either.
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