In recent years, electric cars have been a big hit in the auto market. From the Toyota Prius being part electric and part gas to the newer hybrid vehicles from both Toyota and Chevrolet. These vehicles have been gaining traction. More recently, Tesla has created a few different types of vehicles that are completely electric, making diesel, and gasoline a thing of the past. Now, Tesla is launching its brand new Model 3 on Friday July 14th. However, it has been questioned as to whether they can produce and sell enough electric vehicles to stay alive.
Tesla has experienced issues in the past year with other models on the market. They have battery shortages in some models, and you can only drive a short amount of time before the battery dies. Another problem is that they are not affordable for the average car owner in America. Starting prices for models that are currently available start over $65,000, making it unlikely for average Americans to own one of these vehicles.
However, the Model 3 is going to start around $35,000, with over $7,000 in government rebate for purchasing one, making it more affordable for the average car buyer. Also, the battery will last for about 200 miles, give or take a few miles. This model has been in the idea book since around 2006, and is finally going to make its debut on Friday.
Another drawback is that production and cost of battery replacement are not optimal, and need much work before it can become a true “success” in the opinion of Geoff Wardle.
To this generation, electric cars might be the “future” of the automobile industry. But it’s also been much of the past as well. In the past, electric cars have been recognized as emitting less odor and being easier to operate than gasoline or steam powered vehicles. However, with mass production of vehicles and gasoline stations popping up all around the United States, the interest in electric cars left the spotlight for some time. Of course, they never completely left the market, but because they lacked affordability and simplicity they were a dead end drive.
If we relate that to today’s electric car industry, we see a similar pattern of not-so-affordable battery replacements, and MSRP on new electric car purchases. Not to mention the lack of simplicity in being able to find a charging station in rural America. While these might be factors causing car buyers to stay with traditional gasoline vehicles; in the future, we will most likely see the price go down and simplicity of charging stations go up. For now, Tesla is making headway with the electric car industry, and will likely continue to grow. Follow us here at Mod3rn Media Magazine to get updates on Tesla and other news.