I should stop reading Seeking Alpha because of all of the reasons posted here, but this (ironically positive) article highlights a topic in the EV debate that is a red herring in the U.S.: road trips. To skip to the end, we should all practice our answer to the question in the article: "but what if you want to take a 360 mile road trip?" Answer for 85% of us* = "who cares!"
* While, as the article suggests, Tesla will likely crack the code on single car owning, city dwelling, luxury car road trippers making the SCOCDLCRTs (a more difficult application) consume the majority of the public debate today is the tail wagging the dog. Debate 101 says take out the low hanging fruit first before getting caught in the SCOCDLCRT weeds (happy to fight that fight too, just later). The dog here (and the low hanging fruit) is/are the dual car owning, suburban dwelling, luxury car owners. For the DCOSDLCOs (which is a huge market in the U.S.), right now the point is the Model S is a NO BRAINER** for any $50k+ sedan DCOSDLCO. Period. End of debate. This should be the primary sound bite for the S. The hundreds of applications for the other 15% of the S buyers and the Gen III buyers should not cloud the already clear core conclusion.
** probably a true statement even if the $15-20k of gas savings is excluded, but certainly a no brainer with it.
Has Tesla Solved The Road Trip Problem?
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