Next Tesla Model S Contender…Nissan LEAF?
Here’s one more Tesla Model S “competitor” to add to the list of so-called “competitors.”
It’s getting to the point where these comparisons are so ridiculous that it’s obvious that both industry analysts and journalists and searching far and wide in an attempt to find the Tesla Model S competitor that, in actuality, doesn’t exist.
This is likely the worse example yet.
Digital Journal states:
“The electric car could be considered to be the next great frontier in the evolution of the automobile, and there are several different contenders for this title. There are many variants of the electric car, from plug-in hybrids to gas backup electric cars such as the Chevrolet Volt. However, there are only 3 companies that currently have a fully electric plug-in vehicle… there are two contenders that do sell their electric vehicles in larger numbers: Nissan and Tesla.”
Only 3 pure electric vehicles? Hmm…okay, we must be overlooking the dozen or so others that are available today just so that we can compare only the Model S and the LEAF.
Here’s a look at the only 2 contenders, according to Digital Journal:
Contender 1: The Nissan LEAF
The Nissan Leaf is currently the top-selling electric plug-in car in the U.S. with 2507 sales in March 2014. It is the less expensive plug-in electric contender with a government subsidized MSRP of $21,480 US. In many ways, it is your standard modern vehicle with reasonable interior space and all the modern amenities. It has an 80 kW motor and 24 kWh battery. The Leaf can travel
73 miles (117 km)on a single charge and the battery can be recharged in as little as5 hours at home using a charger dedicated for vehicle charging.
There are concerns with the Nissan Leaf for vehicle range and there are rumours that Nissan will be attempting to double the range of the Leaf in order to combat “range anxiety”, a term that indicates that
most people are not comfortable owning a vehicle that can only travel 117 km before needing a 5 hour recharge.
Strikethroughs added to indicate that the statements are false.
Contender 2: Tesla Motors
We’ll save you from the Tesla talk, which is all positive as usual. It’s clear that this comparison is a joke anyways.
Let’s move to the conclusion, which it too is full of odd statements and claims.
Who will win the electric car battle?
As it stands, the range of the Nissan Leaf
confines it to short trips within the city, and is only viable for those who do not need to travel far from home each day. Even with the home charger, you could be waiting a while if your battery is low, and may require a second (gasoline powered) car which would relegate the Leaf to being a neat toy.
The approach of Tesla Motors is most impressive to me. It is logical that the largest current obstacles to electric vehicle ownership are range and “re-fulling time”. For the mass market, production capacity and cost/benefit ratio vs. gasoline powered cars are also considerations. The cost of battery technology and innovation of such technology would go hand-in-hand with these goals.
Don’t even ask what “re-fulling time” is and please don’t even try to explain the last two sentences of the last graph.
When stretching to compare two vehicles that have nothing in common aside from an electric drivetrain, it’s going to get messy. Proof is above.
Once again, the Model S has no true competitor. Until one becomes available, let’s just drop the Model S versus ??? comparos that make no sense.
Source: Digital Journal