Electric vehicles are the future, more than one revolution will occur, and cost will likely be the primary driver ... sorry for all the word play <knot> :)
Discussing technology cannot occur in a vacuum, cost a part of mass adoption, let the EV wars begin.
I bought a Chevy Bolt instead of a Tesla, it wasn't my first choice, but it's also about half the price.
Since Tesla is producing higher margin cars initially, it makes getting one of the less expensive versions impossible, as well as reducing or eliminating the tax incentives each manufacturer gets on the first 200K EV they produce.
I needed three things :
1. all electric - clean, simple, reliable, transportation
2. toll lanes - 3 years unlimited access
3. tax incentives - up to $10.5K potential
i wanted :
1. tesla - who doesn't ?
2. low cost
in considering what i paid, and what i get, i believe i did very well.
MSRP - $38.5K
rebates - $5K
finance - 5.99%
incentives - $10.5K
i don't have perfect credit (about 725), and coupled with not having had an auto loan for so long (i buy my cars cash), Tesla didn't have a loan available for me.
i used the opportunity to take a second look at the Bolt, and i'm feeling really good with my purchase.
i get all electric, toll lanes, full tax incentives, VERY low cost, and to be balanced it's definitely not a tesla, and its not as cool, so a solid 3 needs and 1 of 3 wants.
my plan is to drive it for 2 years, put on 100K miles (i drive metric s-tons of miles as a home inspector), then go get myself a tesla.
i lose one thing (the tax incentives), but i picked it up on this car, so i didn't really "lose" it.
also, when i get a tesla in a couple years, it will come equipped with all the newer technology.
it may be higher priced, but it may also may be not, as competitive pressures in the industry, coupled with technology improvements will work to drive prices down.
i waited in line for a model 3, was first in line camping out with @Scobleizer ... all good in the neighborhood, we take steps as a society to move forward, and it looks my path to owning a tesla will amount to the same.
remember the point of this article, i'm sure the dynamics of this industry are just getting started ... COST matters !
hey robert, lets race :)