Demand for the New Tesla Is Wild, but Ltd to Tech Fans

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 0:38 AM

Yet experts aren't yet prepared to proclaim it'south a tipping point with mainstream America emotional from burning gasoline to charging batteries. The reason? Most of the 325.000 people worldwide who keep down $1.000 deposits are tech-savvy, environmentally conscious early adopters who look Tesla as an innovative brand that meets their needs.

Demand for Tesla'south new Model three has been eye-popping, with consumers pre-ordering about $13.7 billion worth of the electric sedans nearly two years before they go on sale.

Yet experts aren't yet prepared to proclaim it'south a tipping point with mainstream America emotional from burning gasoline to charging batteries.

The reason? Most of the 325.000 people worldwide who keep down $1.000 deposits are tech-savvy, environmentally conscious early adopters who look Tesla as an innovative brand that meets their needs. The $35.000 price tag and the Model three'south 215-mile range are important, but the brand'south tech image and CEO Elon Musk'south success in cars, rockets and solar panels are the main drivers.

"We're tech people. I wish integration with my phone," says Charles Butler, a 40-year-old manager with a cloud computing company in Austin, Texas, who was among the first to create an order. "Musk and Tesla, that'south what they do with their customer experience."

Researchers declare other automakers' electric cars haven't caught on because their range is Ltd to around one hundred miles. And even Common Motors' Chevrolet Bolt, which will go more than two hundred miles per charge and is priced similarly to the Model three, won't invite a frenzy of buyers because Chevy doesn't have Tesla'south tech image, they say.

Surveys by the Univ of CA Davis Institute of Transportation Studies and by Carnegie Mellon Univ indicate that Butler is a beautiful typical Tesla buyer. The brand is famous in the U. S., even among those who don't map to purchase electrics. Tesla buyers always have rated cutting-edge features — enormous touch screens, freeway autopilot and over-the-air software updates — as paramount, said Tom Turrentine, director of electric and hybrid vehicle research at UC Davis.

Early electric cars didn't have those features, although the new Bolt will have some of them.

"There'south a huge overlap in people who think about the future and green technology," Turrentine said. "Tesla is really sitting right on that."

Surveys by Carnegie Mellon indicate that getting from the tech savvy to regular folks will get a lot. Most U. S. consumers don't even know what an electric car does, said Jeremy Michalek, a Prof of engineering and public policy.

"Winning over the enthusiast is just fundamentally different from winning over mainstream consumers," he said.

Turrentine doesn't expect similar demand for the Bolt, which is due to hit showrooms late this year. Chevy won't comment on the Tesla orders, and it isn't taking advance orders for the Bolt. Instead, it'll rely on GM'south vast dealer network, high owner satisfaction with the Volt plug-in hybrid, and Internet connectivity to drum up Bolt sales, a spokeswoman said.

That may not work well, however. UC Davis research shows that when asked to title rechargeable cars, "hardly anybody can title a Volt, but they can title a Tesla," Turrentine said.

Surveys also indicate that GM and other automakers don't have the tech panache of Tesla .

"I just don't believe when you're a large automaker, you're necessarily going to solve for that," says Butler.

Yet Tesla is about to face more competition. Sam Abuelsamid, senior analyst for the Navigant research firm, said other automakers are scrambling to unveil 200-mile electric cars in the same price range.

More established automakers likely will have a reliability advantage over Tesla, which has struggled with quality problems on its current models, he said.

Still, all automakers face a "chasm" that should be bridged between early adopters and the public for electric cars to be in every driveway, Turrentine said. It'll get years of influence from early buyers to modify a country in which gas-powered pickup trucks are the top-selling vehicles, he said. Also needed will be more battery breakthroughs for lower costs, and continued government incentives, he said.

There are other problems that could create it tough for Musk to satisfy his orders. The volume — which surprised even Musk — will be challenging for Tesla to produce. The company has been a niche manufacturer, selling just 110.000 cars since it started manufacturing at a CA plant in two thousand-eighth. Even Musk seems to be wondering. On Twitter, he said he may have to rethink production plans and open a factory in Europe.

Tesla also has a history of lost deadlines for previous models, and delays could turn far some buyers. Latest week, the company accused parts shortages from a supply company for production shortfalls with the new Model X SUV and pledged to create sure the same thing doesn't happen with the Model S.

"After a while you've a pattern that things obtain delayed," said Standard & Poor'south analyst Efraim Levy.

Another possible bug is the $7.500 federal tax credit for electric car buyers, which could reach its 200.000 limit for Tesla buyers and be phased out before many of those who ordered can obtain it. Tesla says in a statement that it'll create sure customers know when the credits expire.

"We construct our vehicles, including Model three, to proposal compelling cost without any incentives," the statement said.

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