GRA wrote:Zero commitment?!? BMW had more PEV models on the market than any other manufacturer, and considering their price most of them seem to be moving quite well. 330e/530e/X5-40e/740e sales totaled 1,273 last month despite their limited AERs, then there's the i3 with 601 (at least two thirds and maybe 3/4ths of which were the REx) and the i8 with 55, for a total of 1,929 (plus 75 of the Mini Countryman). That puts them in 3rd place for the month, behind GM and Tesla and ahead of Toyota and Ford. Porsche and Audi are committed albeit trailing BMW a bit, but will have more BEVs than BMW sooner, and even Mercedes has 4 PEVs on the market. That the majority of these are PHEVs rather than BEVs is critical to purists, but of no concern to others who are just getting their feet wet.
These numbers are paltry. Tesla's included.
For the record I think TSLA is overpriced now. It is a stock priced as if the company is a major player now, when it's not. Not yet. Maybe it will be. But one thing is for sure: five years from now bMW will look how it does now, same with toyota, ford, etc. Tesla is the only company that has a change of exponential, rapid and insane growth. That's why it's priced so darn high.
Back to the numbers, they are paltry--for now. Tesla is "confident", that they will hit 5k cars/week this year, and 10k/next year. Even the 5k week is 20k cars/month, so now all the other competitors' numbers are dust in the wind. And as mentioned above, what do they have coming on line to compete? How many EVs will Ford be selling a year from now, or Toyota, or Mercedes, or Chrysler?
Chevy has sold what 2000 of the Bolt total? I think I've seen one on the road. Nissan will outsell the Bolt, but what has it even spent the last 6-7 years doing since it released the first Leaf? I remember when the Volt came out there was a monthly numbers competition between the leaf and the volt. Sales numbered in the hundreds/month. It looks like this sort of sales volume is still being talked about.
So the Model 3 is going to hit the road in massive numbers very soon and be the only EV most people even know exists.
Most other companies are selling EVs merely to hit compliance numbers so they can go on to make money on the ICE they so dearly love. That's why sales are pathetic, it's why the cars are so outrageously overpriced, and why 99% of the public doesn't even know they exist.