You could almost say the same for the i3.if there was a high demand for used 500e's, they would shoot up in price on the used market, and they would no longer be affordable. They are are fairly rare cars which are low in price due to extremely low demand.
The major problems are:I'm not suggesting that the current used EV market is a permanent situation, though. Ten years from now, there will be a much larger supply of quality used EVs available,
Tesla has been selling cars at a loss for years, burning through investor's capital. 2019 was the first year they made a slim profit, and then were only actually profitable the last quarter of 2019. There is a reason there are no independent Tesla dealerships - no way to pay for them to operate. Jury is still out on Tesla's long-term survival.They originally made the most profit from the sale, when consumers became more savvy, they shifted to after-sale profit making, They will find a way....unless their days are numbered anyway. While I am not a Tesla fanboy, I feel the need to point out they are doing just fine and don't have any actual dealerships (in the traditional form).
All true for today, but as you imply this may change in the very near future. People still have the "it's a Tesla so it must be better" attitude, and they are undeniably more aggressive in their tech, but the next few years could be interesting. Audi is coming on strong. The Mustang Mach-e looks fantastic. The Ford F150 is what, the second best selling vehicle in the world and number one in the US? Unless Ford screws it up an EV version is almost guaranteed to be a success. I have no doubt electric Jaguars and Porsches will be taking huge chunks out of the Models S sales. GM still has the Bolt, the upcoming GMC Hummer truck (reveal coming later this month), and who knows what else they are working on. Kia, Hyundai Fiat and lets not forget about BMW... In the world of automakers, Tesla is a tech company that happens to make niche vehicles. As a company I'm sure they have a bright future, but I just don't see them taking over the the auto industry. I see them more as a specialty niche player who may license tech and provide batteries, motors, etc. to the big names.eNate wrote: ↑Tue May 12, 2020 11:09 amOne big reason Tesla remains financially viable is because the other automakers are so slow to respond, and technologically are years behind. Tesla owns battery production and takes software development extremely seriously. These are things the major manufacturers have been happy to contract out.
But I don't equate this to Tesla being on stable ground. At the end of the day, a car is a commodity -- even when it's an EV -- and there's nothing Tesla is doing that a major couldn't do more efficiently, given time and proper attention. The longer this takes, the more time Tesla has to scale up and become long-term competitive. They're putting out a great product, but are still a blip when looking at global auto production as a whole.
The Rex option on the i3 is brilliant. More automakers should have this. It gets people into an EV, but removes all "range anxiety". I am on i3S Rex #2, and honestly I drive in pure EV mode 99% of the time, but Rex removes the stress of the what ifs (huge traffic jam, earthquake....)Geodude wrote: ↑Tue Nov 17, 2020 12:38 amMine has changed my life. For the better. I have done two return road trips along the Hume hwy in Oz (1100km each way) and have adapted my practices and expectations to make the most of the REX v strategic charging points along the way.
I get odd looks from service-station (gas station) operators when I pay $11Au for a full tank and a 10L jerry-can fill!
I am saving $$$$$$$. Feeling quite smug and I've just clocked up a full year with my REX.
AWESOME !! Couldn't agree with you more. I think the i3 has made me a better driver. I'm much more aware when I'm driving, and I love the fact that I can just plug in when I get home and chill. The REX is a great backup for EV driving, but most of the time I don't really use it that much.