Bjørn Presents 11 Reasons Why Teslas Are The Best Electric Cars

SEP 22 2018 BY MARK KANE 46

There is a reason why Tesla is leading the EV movement. 11 reasons…actually.

Bjørn Nyland recently shared thoughts on why he considers Tesla EVs the best, even today when there are growing number of competitors, most of which he’s driven.

There are 11 reasons that differentiate Tesla from all or most other EVs, according to Bjørn, but feel free to add some more in the comments if you think others exist.

Here is the list:

  1. Performances (acceleration, top speed and power)
  2. Safety (always 5-stars, great crash test results)
  3. Best fast charging network (Superchargers)
  4. Support for CHAdeMO (adapter) and on-board 3-phase chargers in Europe
  5. Space – cargo (trunk + frunk) and 5+2 seats (Model S) or 7 seats (Model X)
  6. Towing – 2,250 kg (5,000 lbs)
  7. Drive assist (Autopilot)
  8. Infotainment (big touchscreens)
  9. Over-the-air-updates
  10. Thermal management system with liquid battery cooling and heating
  11. Best battery warranty – up to 8 years and unlimited mileage

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46 Comments on "Bjørn Presents 11 Reasons Why Teslas Are The Best Electric Cars"

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Tesla. Simply amazing innovation that excites.

Tesla is all those Nissan slogans above, but the one funny thing, with all of the known Leaf Limitations, is that over my last 35 months/ 35k mi. of Leafing Along Freeways and Highways, in the lower half of California, I have passed Teslas on the side of the road waiting for roadside assistance, but never a Nissan Leaf.

It’s a small thing, whatever the cause, but still one of note.

However, I’m still waiting for the Model Y, like many of us Bjorn fans!

Meant 35k mo./68k mi. Driven Leafing along.

@Willaim said: “…Along Freeways and Highways, in the lower half of California …I have passed Teslas on the side of the road waiting for roadside assistance…”

I have not yet seen a Tesla on side of road waiting for assistance… Perhaps it’s a lower half California thing?

A So. Cal I-405 and the I-10 intersection Model S “thing”.

Doesn’t mean that it could have been a tire issue, or some medical emergency related issue, among other non-Tesla manufacturering incidental things.


I’ve actually passed a Model 3 on the side of a back road North of Boston while driving my own Model 3. I think it had been in a collision and was waiting for a tow.

This was months ago, when I saw a Model 3 less than once a month… now seeing them multiple times a day is not unusual.

“Thermal management system with liquid battery cooling and heating” IS NOT A NISSAN SLOGAN until Nissan produce and actually sell a BEV with it.

Nissan Evalia!

the 40kWh eNV200 mitigates “rapidgate” but only partially. Air cooling just isn’t powerful enough.

#10 should be Thermal (spelling issue)


As for the Model X collision with the plane, it should be noted that the 3 passengers of the plane survived and 2 were actually uninjured

Just to state the obvious: while not all of these items are exclusive to Tesla, the combination of all of them clearly is.

The combination of all thwse results in Model X p100D that costs 150.000€ in my country. The E-tron will have advantages over Tesla and will cost much less.

There is exactly *one* point on the list (performance) that applies *slightly* less to the cheaper model Model X variants; and another point (towing) that don’t apply to all Tesla models.

Bjorn, you should consider pushing your gov to help get Tesla factory going in Norway. Whatever nation helps build out that GF, would likely pick up a LOT of jobs, and income.

European Factory should be in EU, otherwise import taxes will apply. And Norway is probably too expensive…

Norway is part of European Economic Area, so probably duties would not be an issue. However Norway is labor cost wise very expensive and a bit remote from the central European market, hence makes better business sense to build the European Gigafactory somewhere in the main continent.

I don’t think labour cost is a very decisive factor in highly automated cell production… Though of course it translates to cost increases in all kinds of other areas, such as construction etc.

On the other hand, Norway has lots of cheap clean electricity…

Oh, wait, the future Gigafactories are supposed to build complete cars, not just cells… I guess labour costs will be somewhat more important in that case.

I agree. But low unemployment and little manufacturing. If they are to employ thousands of highly qualified technicians to run a modern factory, Norway isn’t likely to be ideal.

Making the cars in Germany or France would be ideal in terms of delivering them to everywhere on the continent. Both have lots of talent, too, but with a clear edge for Germany. And France has higher taxation levels and more red tape than Germany. And it’s a short way to the autobahn… 😁

Actually, Tesla continues to push automation. The cheap electricity IS important to him.

Germany. UK would have been a good choice too, before Brexit. Highly skilled workers. And lots of young Germans care about environmental issues – the green party is bigger there then anywhere else (in Norway it’s a fringe party, in Germany one of the largest parties).

If they will some day do R&D as well in Europe, even more important to go for a place with plenty of good engineering talent.

I would have agreed with you earlier.
German gov is working hard to harm Tesla.
Germany would be a very poor choice.

Norway has built up a major fund for such things. It would be in THEIR interest to get Tesla to build their and even to fund it.

Of course not. Norway isn’t in the EU, but it is in the EEC and thus the free market.

That’s a great list! Thanks Bjørn. 🙂

(But I’ll quibble about #6. That should have a “(Model X)” note at the end; only the MX is tow-rated. That’s not to say that you can’t tow a small or light trailer using an aftermarket tow hitch with the MS, but it’s not engineered for towing.)

You can’t tow anything with Model S. It is illegal in EU to use any aftermarket towing device.

It isn’t. But it needs to be certified which isn’t worth the trouble.

And not guaranteed to be allowed.

I would add Tesla’s willingness to “do good” and listen to its customers and promptly act on their suggestions for improvement as one of the reasons Tesla has the most supportive, loyal and satisfied customer base. While the initial releases may have some shortcomings, Tesla is quick to make corrections and improvements even on the cars already out of the factory.
Recent examples: (1) adding speed limit via Tesla App after the fatal accident involving the teenagers in Florida, (2) adding a key fob as a free option (TBD) for those who want one.

Since when did he become a fanboy? This is clearly a subjective video. He only mentions plus points of SOME Tesla models over SOME other cars.

Except that nine out of eleven points apply to *every* Tesla vehicle, and more than half of them are unique to Tesla.

Bjørn, Thanks for many good positive points. But I would dispute no. 3. The Supercharging network is extremely limited and seems to be geographically specific. In Baltic states (part of EU) there is not a single Supercharger. Likewise, in Latvia there is not a single Destination Charger either. In Estonia and Lithuania there is one Destination Charger in each, but no Superchargers. There is no service centre for Tesla vehicles in any Baltic state and none in Poland either. So even if a Tesla owner was lucky enough to find a mechanic who thought they knew something about electric cars, Tesla refuse to supply parts needed for repairs. The largest country in the world which is Russia also has not a single Supercharger or a Destination Charger either. It seems that other EV OEMs such as BMW, Daimler, Audi, Jaguar are far ahead of Tesla, by providing both sales and service to their customers, in stark contrast to Tesla in the same markets.

Yes, Tesla is not yet present in all markets. Obviously owning a Tesla in these markets comes with a bunch of downsides. That’s not a meaningful argument when comparing Tesla to other cars in general, which most people will only do in markets where Tesla is actually present…

He doesn’t point out any drawbacks as poor build quality, huge price, bad customers service, expensive repairs, scarce service centers, veeery long repair time and so on.
About his reasons:
At no1 *excluding Rimac.
No3 *it is better in some countries for now. In 2 years, the CCS fast charging network will be much biger and 3 times faster.
No4 *other cars don’t need an adapter.
No5 *some cars are bigger than others (like model3 is smaller than the E-Tron and model X is bigger)
No6 *only model x.
No7 *subjective, and misleading name that makes people think the car can really drive itself.
No8* having to look for a simple command on a big screen while driving is dangerous. Eliminating physical commands is cost reducing (profit increasing for Tesla) but not god for ergonomics or safety.
No9 * other carmakers offer ota updates also.
No10 *most cars have TMS also
No11 * from Tesla website:
Your Model 3 is protected by a New Vehicle Limited Warranty for 4 years or 50,000 miles (80,000 km), whichever comes first.

What an impressive list of FUD, logic fallacies, and general BS. What’s your problem? Did Tesla kill your puppy or something?

Rimac is not mass producing vehicles.

1) The CSS network is already large. The problem is that the chargers are nowhere USEFUL.
2) Tesla will be able to make use of the CSS network AND Chademo AND use Tesla.
3) where are the specs on the e-tron? And why would you compare a sedan to an SUV? Or do you also compare the Honda Fit to the GM Suburban or Caddi Escalade ?
4) etc etc etc.

As to warranties:

kia soul ev
5 yr/60,000 mi basic, 10 yr/100,000 mi powertrain

tesla model 3
“4 yr/50,000 mi basic, 8 yr/120,000 mi powertrain”

fiat 500e
4 yr/50,000 mi basic, 4 yr/50,000 mi powertrain
bmw i3
4 yr/50,000 mi basic, 4 yr/50,000 mi powertrain
MB B250E
4 yr/50,000 mi basic, 4 yr/50,000 mi powertrain

ford focus ev
3 yr/36,000 mi basic, 5 yr/60,000 mi powertrain

vw e-golf
3 yr/36,000 mi basic, 5 yr/60,000 mi powertrain

nissan leaf
3 yr/36,000 mi basic, 5 yr/60,000 mi powertrain

chevy bolt warranty
3 yr/36,000 mi basic, 5 yr/60,000 mi powertrain

Looks to me like Tesla is pretty good on that.

Bjorn is biased anyway. He was so critical of the I-Pace infotainment system – but Jaguar hadn’t even fine-tuned it at that time.

I’m pretty sure the I-Pace is more competitive than the Model X already.

Everybody’s biased. Bjørn is generally pretty good at keeping his own biases in check and give every vehicle the benefit of the doubt. If you’ve seen him review the Renault Kangoo you’ll realize he actually has a lot of patience for less than perfect products on the market. He wasn’t “so critical” of the i-Pace infotainment, but he did point out its problems. That’s what he’s supposed to do. > I’m pretty sure the I-Pace is more competitive than the Model X already. Model X is so expensive and large, I find it to be quite vulgar. I wouldn’t consider it if I won the lottery (but understand those with large families or other frequent need for so much room). But nor would I want an i-Pace. If I had the money to buy it, I’d have got a Model 3 dual motor with premium package but no AP and pocketed $15k immediately, getting better performance, a much more radically futuristic car, and lower running costs to boot. That’s an option I really find attractive. I’ve bought a Kona, but if used prices stay way above new price (as is the case now) I’m even considering selling the Kona and… Read more »

He loved the Kia Niro. The I-PACE infotainment is laggy and Jaguar even said firmware updates may not improve it much. He also noted that the I-PACE has a delay when using the accelerator and lower than usual efficiency. All valid complaints on an otherwise great car. I’m sure Jaguar will continue to improve year after year but for their first car its fairly good.

Considering that I-Pace does not even COMPETE against the MX, means that there is no sense comparing them.
The I-Pace competitor will be Model Y.

Forbrukerrådet in Norway, the consumer rights council, considers Teslas battery warranty the weakest of all the manufacturers on sale in Norway, because there’s no warranted remaining capacity. Maybe for people who drive much more than average, like Bjørn does, Tesla’s warranty is attractive. For most people, Hyundai’s warranty of 8 years/160,000km/70% is clearly superior, because 160,000 km is more than ten times the average milage per year in Norway. If you drive less than 160k km before the warranty expires it is obviously better to also have a remaining capacity warranty than not to have it. Other than that, I think his reasons are valid. They must however also be weighed against some advantages other options have. Price is one obvious point. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is another. But maybe more important is service centers, parts availability and cost of ownership. They are cool cars tho. I will have to just be patient for at least another six months, but when I hopefully get my Hyundai Kona in the spring sometime, I may also know more about Model 3 in Norway (versions availability and pricing), and I may end up selling the Kona and use my Model 3 reservation.… Read more »

Lack of STEALERSHIPS is a big plus “we don’t want service department to be a profit center”,>or something like that, Elon Musk . Service Dept of Old Auto are driven by Commissions!!! from “Service Advisers ” to the Mechanics /Technicians ,they will sell you a service not needed for that extra $$$$$ commissions or they get less paychecks.