Tesla’s Next Big Thing Could Flip the Auto Industry Upside Down
Every major car manufacturer is now working hard on their versions of fully electric cars after seeing Tesla’s success.
- Tesla, led by Elon Musk started out with their first all-electric sports car the ‘Tesla Roadster’.
- They then launched the ‘Model S’ which is an all-electric family sedan which does Zero to 60 mph in as little as 2.8 seconds. That’s as fast as a Lamborghini !!!
- The success of these electric cars was followed by the launch of the ‘Model X' which is the safest, fastest and most capable sport utility vehicle in history. With all-wheel drive and a 90 kWh battery providing 257 miles of range, Model X has ample seating for seven adults and all of their gear. And it’s ludicrously fast, accelerating from zero to 60 miles per hour in as quick as 3.2 seconds.
But, all these cars are very expensive, at least for the common man. What made me excited was the launch of the affordable $35,000 ‘Model 3’. Tesla’s ‘Model 3' preorders equaled $7.5 billion worth of sales on day 1. That’s the same day they launched the all-electric mass market car, even before any customer could test-drive it.
The initial success of the Model 3 has demonstrated the consumers affinity towards electric cars. Now everybody wants one. Moreover, as I am writing this article, Tesla’s Model 3 orders have already crossed $10 billion.
To add to the success of the Model 3, the company has already built a ‘Giga Factory’ to produce the lithium ion batteries needed for all these cars. The electric-car maker estimates that the $5 billion factory will boast lithium-ion battery production that by 2020 will exceed the entire world’s 2013 lithium-ion battery production.
The factory, Tesla says, is necessary for the company to bring the economies of scale to batteries that will enable Tesla to launch an electric vehicle at half the price of its Model S by 2017, one that will be disruptively aimed at the mass market.
Citing the Gigafactory among the key reasons, Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas is calling Tesla “the most important car company in the world."
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