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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Jul 2017 2:58 p.m. PST

…an Electric Car.

"The air was electric in Fremont, California, where a lucky few gathered to witness a momentous moment. Thirty employees rubbed their hands together in glee, awaiting their prize after months of waiting. Elsewhere around the world, the faithful—the 500,000-odd people who threw down a $1,000 USD reservation deposit months ago—refresh their email for notifications. Happy Model 3 Day, Tesla fans.

Everyone is excited for a reason. The arrival of Tesla's Model 3 signals a new chapter in automotive history, one that erases 100-plus years of the gas engine and replaces it with technology, design, and performance hot enough to make electric vehicles more than aspirational—to make EVs inspirational.

Tech trend-watchers may be getting flashbacks to 2007, when another marquee event felt like it was on the cusp of revolutionizing the world: If Tesla gets this right, the Model 3 will be the iPhone of the car world, leading the way for a whole pack of imitators. It may even steer the world toward a road populated by not just electric vehicles but driverless cars, and realize that reality faster than anyone—even Google—has managed thus far.

For one night, Tesla founder Elon Musk hosted a party to mark his smallish car company's milestone; but the next day, it's back to work on building a new, "affordable" electric car—and fighting to become a major player in the competitive car industry.

Creating the Electric Dream
If one is to harken back to draw a comparative analysis to 2007, it's worth remembering that just as there were smartphones before the iPhone, there are other electric cars available now. But those other vehicles are clunky and awkward. The Chevrolet Bolt rivals the Model 3 in range and price (and beat it to market), but it hasn't captured the public imagination. The BMW i3 is futuristic, using novel materials and the option of a tiny range-extender engine, but buyers aren't clamoring for it

With the Model 3, Tesla promises a smoothly integrated electric driving experience, from generation to acceleration. Customers can walk into shiny white Tesla stores, order a car, a solar roof, and a home storage battery. They can take long road trips knowing they have access to a proprietary Supercharger network for high-speed top-ups. It's a neat, tidy, contained ecosystem—just like Apple's.

And as with Apple, the Tesla brand and Elon Musk's celebrity is enough to create a fanbase that is legion and enough potential buyers to excite competitors: Audi, Jaguar, and Porsche, have all shown electric car concepts that are not just functional, but damn sexy. The e-tron Sportback, the I-Pace, and Mission E all have Tesla in their crosshairs.

"I have to hand it to Tesla, and the leadership in particular, for being able to create the hype and use public market equity as a source of for generating a whole new narrative about cars," says R. A. Farrokhnia, a Columbia University business and engineering professor…"
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Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP29 Jul 2017 11:39 p.m. PST


Mike Bunkermeister Creek

45thdiv Inactive Member30 Jul 2017 8:54 a.m. PST

Mike, can you elaborate?


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Jul 2017 3:10 p.m. PST



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