Poll Results: Tesla Model 3 Excites Respondents More Than Any Other Upcoming Electric Car



Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

With the Chevrolet Bolt launch on the horizon and the next-generation Nissan LEAF not far off, is interest in either of these long-range, affordable electric cars anywhere near as high as interest in the Tesla Model 3?

To find out, Green Car Reports posted a poll on Twitter. The results were exactly as we’d expect:

Green Car Reports states:

“Of 186 responses, there was one clear winner.”

Poll Results From Green Car Reports

Poll Results From Green Car Reports

Perhaps more surprising than the win by the Model 3 is the extremely low level of interest in the next-gen LEAF. This is likely due to the fact that Nissan has revealed almost no information on the upcoming LEAF, something that will change soon enough.

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I voted 1000 times for a model 3 without ever test driving one.

Right there with ya’ Mr. G!

I’m right there with you too Mister G! Tesla Model 3 will lead in just about every category there is with the exception of fuel efficiency (the BMW i3 will probably hold that one for a while). I love the Tesla Model 3, but what I love equally as much is that I don’t have to buy it through a dealer.

this is a non-scientific survey that is going to load heavily into an ev enthusiast population. 186 votes is a meaningless sample size, so the survey has next to no statistical significance.

700,000 said they were “interested” in the 2007 Volt, around 1% actually bought one.

well, the 2007 Volt Concept car was also supposed to be under $30K ($22,500 after Fed incentive) get 50 MPG when running on ICE, go 40 miles on electric, and it was to be packaged into an aggressive looking body.

That was also before the entire world entered the largest recession since the Great Depression.

It was also supposed to come from a company that hadn’t just been through bankruptcy and a gov’t bailout, and hadn’t just been through massive recall scandals that involved multiple people dying in accidents.

So some pretty big stuff changed since those people originally showed interest.


I think it is closer to 10%, and aside from everything that Nix said, GM never marketed it (well), produced 700,000 or, arguably, even wanted to sell that many.

It’s not the sample size that’s the issue. It’s a poll, not a survey, and doesn’t represent a cross section of the population. That alone makes it unscientific. Normally, that alone would make it meaningless. But that’s because such polls are biased. However, if it’s biased toward the population most likely to self select, and that consists of EV enthusiasts most likely to take a poll, it’s fair to say that it shows that Tesla enthusiasts fit the bill of those most interested in taking such a poll, and it’s reasonable to assume that there’s some correlation between that and how enthusiastic any EV enthusiast is about cars on the list. It may be unscientific, and that wouldn’t change if it got ten times the response. But there are more objective indicators including the huge number of people who reserved the Model 3 sight unseen the day it was announced. After the announcement, they could have canceled their reservations, but the reservation count more than tripled within a week. There was nothing like it in history. I’d be surprised if GM ever had a dealership with five people lined up to buy an EV from them. Tesla had stores all… Read more »


Nissan had better have spent the last several years designing a car with broader appeal. They were able to sell a goofy-looking car in 2010 because there was no real competition.

Prius is not even on the list and the fugly car sales are strong

Because a prius is not an ev it’s a hybrid. Only get like 35 miles of ev range

Not fair…Nissan never gave us a reason to be excited yet.

I would definitely vote for a Leaf 2.0 (to replace my 2013 Leaf S), simply because I’m far from any Tesla store or service center, and I just can’t make myself buy a GM based on my past experiences with their products.

The Volt is rock solid. I’d expect the same for the Bolt EV.

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Exactly; stacked question. Model 3 is the direct competitor to BMW 3 series and easy to get excited about that.

Harder to get juiced up about every day workhorse utility car that the Bolt is targeting. Who gets excited about their CUV and Minivans?

It’s also hard to get excited over a car that can’t drive a few hours away to grandmas house reliably. The Bolt isn’t a true long range EV until it has a reliable charging infrastructure, and navigation to help drivers find chargers that are available. Teslas take the effort out of long range drives. A Bolt currently driving across country would be a mix of CCS in the big cities, J1772 in the mid sized cities and every now and then in smaller ones, and RV parks (much purchase a portable EVSE to use them). So, a few weeks of slow going and you can drive a Bolt across the country.

Or, tell your Tesla to go to NY from LA, let it compute you a route, where to charge, how long to charge, and be there in a few days.

with 30 minute to one hour recharge times (compared with 5 minutes to refill a gas tank) it is definitely not true that “teslas take the effort out of long range drives”, as you say. what greater range capacity does for you is give you more ability to operate the bev on a daily basis. but you still do need a fast charging capability because if you use more energy than you can recover from home recharging, you are eventually going to find yourself unable to use the bev on occasion. so what the extra capacity does for you is reduce the need to have to use recharging infrastructure as often, because when you do have to use recharging infrastructure, you are at a convenience disadvantage relative to operation of an icev. for long range operation, the bev is going to be at a convenience disadvantage relative to the icev. to achieve the zero emissions benefits of *ev’s with the convenience of icev’s, i suspect that you would either need fcev’s or a practical quick battery change system. i’m not an elon musk fanboy, so i don’t declare fcev’s as being futile, but they have a long way to go… Read more »

If you drive across America with nothing but 5 minute gas and dashes, you have no fucking soul, and you’d have to be numb at both ends.

The *car* might be able to do that, but the humans inside it have *needs* man. Like food, bathrooms, and something to do besides stare out the window at miles and miles of more miles and miles.

I took a road trip with my kids last year in our Leaf. Where there were hardly any quick chargers. It was slow, it was beautiful, and we had *fun*. Kids know you can’t have fun while strapped into a car. The fun happens when you’re *out* of the car.

If you’re worried about how fast you can get there, manically putting miles behind you, then *fly*. Real road trips happen at the places you stop.

when i have a specific destination, my approach to travel is to determine how far i am going to go in a day. i typically didn’t take long breaks during travel since i figured that i could save it for when i got to where i was going. there were times when i would stop for dinner along the way, but one of the things that informed my decision of whether to stop for dinner along the way was whether i thought that i would be able to eat dinner when i got to my destination. frequently i would buy junk food that i would eat as i was driving. as far as restroom breaks go, it doesn’t take me an hour to do such things. the chevrolet volt that i currently own is actually less convenient for long distance driving than was the honda accord that i previously owned. in the volt, i usually stop for gas every 250 miles or so, whereas when i had the accord, i could drive 400 miles before stopping for gas. overall, i don’t have any complaints because i have only taken one long distance trip and the day to day convenience of… Read more »
That’s all 100% true, except in the real world. It’s ICE cars that take up a tremendous amount of time, needing to go to gas stations weekly. It’s not five minutes. With a delivery rate of about 8 gpm, it’s typically about 2.5 minutes actually pumping gas. Add to that the time it takes to pull up to the pump, start the process, pay for the gas, and everything related, it’s closer to 4 minutes. Assuming you are second in line, that’s about 8 minutes. Assuming you live 12 minutes away from a gas station, and don’t pass one on the way home, or the station is about 12 minutes out of the way that’s about 32 minutes a week. With a Model 3 and a minimum battery size, daily driving will be a matter of plugging in each night. Each day will end with approximately 160 miles of range left, and will start with about 200 miles of range, assuming the smallest battery and a standard charge. People who want to take longer trips on a regular basis will likely get larger batteries. A Model S with a low end battery can take a 400 mile trip with one… Read more »

Thank you for pointing out the often overlooked fact that the time required to refuel a gasmobile includes the time required to make a side trip to the gas station. Claiming that you can refuel in only 2-5 minutes, for most people, is ignoring real-world practicalities pretty firmly.

BTW: European gas stations are legally limited by how fast their pumps can dispense fuel (in gallons per minute), but American gas stations aren’t. So if you found a figure for an upper limit to the rate of dispensing gasoline/diesel, it may not apply to everyone’s gas station.

when i would buy gas for my car, i rarely made a special trip. there are so many gas stations, that i would just buy gas when i encountered a gas station.

as to the battery swap option, you missed the part of my comment about there being a requirement for a “practical quick battery change system”. the tesla battery swap system was not practical. there were all kinds of expenses that you could incur with regard to returning the swap battery and getting back your own. as i recall, there was the possibility of avoiding these charges but you would have to return to the swap station to reswap to your original battery. i don’t know how the system would have worked for a national network in which you could have swapped batteries multiple times. maybe you would have had to retrace your route and sequentially return each “swap” battery to its original swap station. while the actual battery swap did appear to happen as quickly as a gas fill up according to the tesla demonstration, the overall system did not seem practical.

A trip to grandma’s might not be a problem at all, if she is a couple of hours away, especially if she has a place to charge the car. Until now, it hasn’t been a matter of being able to plug into a household outlet, as with a Tesla. We will need to wait and see what GM ends up offering. With a Tesla, a household outlet won’t do much good unless you are planning to spend the week at Grandma’s house, but a supercharger station could make the trip easy. On the other hand, if Grandma has an electric dryer in her garage, the car can be fully charged in about seven hours, but two or three hours might give enough charge for a return trip. It comes down to how much time you want to spend with Granny. If GM comes up with a charging solution that can use a dryer outlet or other outlet as Tesla can, then things will be more practical. That same charge could be done in four hours with a standard 240V outlet if GM designs it that way. And that would be for the complete charge, not the one that’s merely enough… Read more »

agree that the Volt is rock solid, but past experiences do influence future buying decisions. i, for example, don’t buy Ford cars because of past experiences with Ford service.

You’re actually buying a LG Bolt branded as GM 😉 at least this 1st generation

Yup. Volt / Bolt is Apples and Oranges. 😉

Why would you say that? It’s like all GM cars. They design it, then farm out the components to suppliers to build, then assemble in a factory.

LG is a supplier building to GM’s design. There was corroboration on the engineering, like there is w/a lot of suppliers.

Yup. LG Electronics is only building the EV powertrain. The rest of the car, from wheels to roof, bumper to bumper, is a Chevy.

LG has provided much more than just the drivetrain.

Am I the only one surprised by the Porsche Mission E polling above the all-new-and-improved Nissan Leaf?

Both technically vaporware. But one is my rich uncle’s 600HP toy; the other – transportation for the common man (er. . . person).

Sigh. Must admit the Porsche looks really hot!

Well, it’s a poll with a low sample size. Just a few responses could skew the results. Also, it’s possible that Green Car Reports ran an article or two on the Porsche recently. That would be enough to generate interest in poll respondents.

I think the Porsche Mission E deserves its ranking, after all it is a very beautiful ev and has introduced a higher voltage innovation that means more power with a same section charging cable. It is also powerful which would gives it exceptional performance. Lets hope they really go on with it.

Being terrified is a form of excitement, I guess?

Terrified the baby trunk opening might still an issue.

Terrified we might have weird non-round steering wheels that look cooler, than are practical. I don’t like spinning grips.

Terrified Model 3 is so new a platform / architecture, it may host all kinds of early adopter pain and angst.

Terrified there is no local Tesla Service Center where I live to support a gen one version of this vehicle.

So, yes. Plenty of unknowns / excitement. 😉

Poor Leaf, the IDS concept was far better than the Model 3. Ok Model 3 is near production while the IDS is show. But if Nissan takes some details in production like design, tyers or some leight weight materials it will be the better car.

One thing is for certain. There is no other EV that gets the Hydrogen fuel cell fanbois all hot and bothered than Tesla’s. So there must be something about the Model 3 that has them running scared.

Hopefully the new Leaf is shown in 24 days?

The only car that Nissan could show that interests me would be a resurrected iDx concept. I won’t be getting their Leaf 2.0.

The EV I’m most excited about is a Megane Z.E. Damn, obviously no unannounced vehicles in that poll. And I’m probably not that excited like the others because I already own a car that will hopefully drives some more years until EV with the range I need are more affordable than luxery cars like Tesla offers.


Tesla understands design. I have seen a Leaf and a Bolt and they are not exciting designs. They do not make me want to drive one every morning. The Model S does. What I have seen of the Model 3 it will as well. If Ford offered the Mustang with an all electric option with Tesla performance numbers I would buy one in a second. It’s about design!!

To conclude that there is “extremely low interest in the LEAF” is ridiculous. Very few said it excited them the most. It could still excite them second-most, or excitement may not be their number one priority when deciding what to buy.

At the time I bought my LEAF it was certainly not the car that most excited me. But it was the only one I could buy with 2-3 years depreciation already behind it.

The LEAF is not just the best-selling EV in aggregate terms since it debuted, but the best selling EV in the world so far this year, as well as last year and the year before that. I am aware that it is doing very badly in America, but being number one globally despite doing poorly in the worlds second-largest EV market is a decent achievement.

I too would have chosen Model 3 in that survey. But believe me I am very interested to see what Nissan is offering for 2017 as well. And there could be MANY like me – the poll doesn’t tell us anything about that.

Of course the new Leaf isn’t generating excitement. Nissan is keeping mum about it to avoid the Osborne Effect. Hard to get excited about a product which (so far as I know) hasn’t even been announced, let alone advertised!

I second the “Captain Obvious” comment. This poll is nothing more than an indication of how much “media buzz” each model has received.

Uh,if you haven’t noticed, Nissan has not needed to avoid using the Osborne Effect – demand for the LEAF has died off on its own.

Nissan is on the sidelines and will likely remain there as a spectator to the history unfolding before us.

Thank you, Captain Obvious!

model 3 excites me but if they only start shipping high end models for a yr, i will be driving a chevy bolt.

I, for one, was hoping the VW vaporware would have shown higher. What, no FCEV interest? Shocker.