Doug Martoccia comments under our discussion in Electric Cars Facebok group about what China may "offer" to Detroit and even Tesla in the near future when it comes to electric cars and batteries. Here is Martoccia in his own words.
If the Model 3 is successful then that means the car stole massive sales from the others. At that point- it's end game.
In order to come up with competition, the other car manufacturers would have to finance and build or get the battery companies to finance and build similar giga factories. This could take 3-5 years.
Most auto makers are not fully vested in making Electric Cars. Making an EV is reactionary to what they see as a niche market. Instead of building an EV from the ground up, they take their cheapest ICE car and replace components to make it an EV.
Go to any car dealership and ask 20 questions about their EV. An average salesman won't know a thing about it. The rest of their cars they memorize things like ignition timing.
Jamie says Tesla is obviously the foremost example of an electric car, which crushes the gasoline competition, though he doesn't like to talk about Tesla as if its the only game in town, despite being an owner and investor. Below is Jamie's comment in response to our earlier story about EV prices possibly matching ICE prices in 10 years.
In a debate, under our discussion at the Tesla Model S Owners Club the sentiment is that the electric car manufacturers need to bring the price down before they extend the range. One commenter says he knows "plenty of people who won't buy any EV because they are all just too expensive. Over the past 4 years the specs of the EVs have gotten better but their price has not come down significantly, especially the Nissan LEAF. People would really rather buy a 50 mile range $15,000 car than a 100 mile range $30,000 car."
Technically speaking, Chevy Volt is a PHEV as it uses both an electric motor and a gas AKA Internal Combustion Engine (ICE).
Yesterday Yahoo! Autos Yahoo Autos called 2015 Toyota Tacoma a 10-lowest rated car and this TorqueNews Toyota reporter John Goreham called it an error. Long time Tacoma driver Patrick Gustafson sent us this comment. Here is what he wrote.
Patrick Flanagan comments.
The problem is Cadillac is butting into a market that's already flooded with performance luxury such as the Mercedes AMGs, BMW Ms, Audi S, Lexus F, Infiniti G, Acura - well Acura isn't really in the game so much anymore, Jaguar and others. All of these brands have established luxury sport vehicles and brand recognition.
From that point I was hooked on the whole Electric Vehicle concept, and was now all in. We leased our RAV 4 EV in February 2014 for my wife's 100 mile round trip commute to work. The original goal was to save money on "fuel" and to save her time with HOV lane access. In both instances the new experience has delivered. My wife's commute costs have gone from $18/day in gasoline to about $2 in electricity, and she saves roughly 40 minutes each way in the carpool lane. Win-win.
Thomas Crummett comments on the subject under our discussion at the SF Bay Area Nissan LEAF Owners group on Facebook.
The big thing to me is the infrastructure. Count the number of public EV stations where you can recharge. Now, count the number of gas stations. Roughly estimating, I'd say there's anywhere between 100 and 1000 gas stations for every public EV station.
Here is Bret Harris in his own words, commenting about Nissan Leaf range issues and what a Nissan dealer told him in silicon Valley area.
I have to agree that having 130 or 150 mile range would open up the market and utility of the LEAF greatly. I am on my second LEAF.