Tesla Begins Shipping Thousands of Model 3 Cars To Europe Via Massively Polluting Fossil Fuel-Powered Ships
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Tesla is now well underway in its plan to send tens of thousands of its electric vehicles to Europe. In an ironic twist, the zero-emissions Teslas will be transported via ships that burn the world's dirtiest fossil fuels, bunker oil.
The shift to sending production to Europe is not a surprise, but was revealed to investors and fans ahead of time. It is why Tesla's sales in the U.S. dropped by about 70% in January by comparison to previous months in late 2018. We won't try to follow the fuzzy math, but Tesla's U.S. sales will be all over the map (pardon the pun) at least through the first quarter of 2019.
Tweets from Elon Musk and Tesla fans are showing the vehicles being loaded onto Hyundai Glovis vehicle transport ships. Glovis is a shipping brand, not a type of ship. Ships of this type generally burn the world's dirties liquid fossil fuel, bunker oil. There has been some talk of shipping moving to cleaner fuels, diesel if you call that clean, but finding the emissions per mile traveled from individual ships is tricky. It is not information that is required to be released, so it rarely is. Although transport only represents a small portion of the overall carbon footprint of passenger vehicles as a whole, it is not insignificant. And this trip from the West Coast of the U.S. to Europe is nowhere near average for a car to travel. Sources that track the pollution and CO2 from shipping estimate that the largest ships have equivalent emissions to 50 million cars. Others say that the emissions from the largest 15 ships alone equal all of the world's cars combined.
Other Tesla News
In other recent Tesla news, both AAA and Consumer Reports have conducted studies that show that EVs, including Tesla's luxury models, have a range reduction of 40% or more in cold weather. Also, the Tesla Model 3 has been removed from Consumer Reports' list of recommended vehicles due to poor reliability reported by private owners.