In a day and age where fuel efficiency is more important than super-powered performance cars, we have a slight dilemma. Automakers aren’t caring too much about the worlds fastest or the worlds most powerful, no, all that matters is how far can I go, on a single charge. And that my friends, is sparking problems which I mentioned in a previous post, We Want Performance Cars, Not Electric Cars, but an era of automotive evolution.
So at the current moment in time, Tesla, is a world power in the production of Electric Vehicles. This has sparked the development of cars such as the Chevy Bolt, Porsche Mission-E, LeECO, and Audi, who are threatening the king of the hill, Tesla. Tesla’s tragic flaw, when compared to other automakers, is their production capabilities. Most of the other automakers, are extremely well-versed in classic automotive manufacturing, with many years of experience. They are actually capable of cranking out thousands of units a month, while Tesla has more backorders than new iPhones.
With all of these competitors, experienced and not, who has the best ability to surpass the master?
The Chevy Bolt, has seen a post on The Car Files, which I called it the “Most important car of 2016. Why? Well, it is supposed to be the Model 3 fighter with its similar price point and size. While it isn’t the most luxurious and the most visually appealing, which in my opinion the Bolt looks like it’s in its awkward stage of life, it’s price will be what makes it a winner.
The Porsche Mission-E which also graced the various posts of The Car Files, threatens the Model S. Maybe “threatens” is an understatement. The Mission-E has to be the most stunning concept coming out of Stuttgart, since the 918 Spyder. I won’t say it’s the Model S killer, but a Killer Whale might give a Great White Shark a run for it’s money. The question is if the Mission-E is going to be a Killer Whale or a Megalodon.
Audi has been making their threats lately, with their Audi Q6 e-tron. Audi is building the Q6 to slot between the Q5 and Q7, and will ride on the Q7’s platform. The Q6 is boasting 300+ miles of range and is only the first of many electric Audis.
There are many more competitors seeking the crown, which I won’t mention because that would be a book more so than blog post. So who would be best equipped to take down Tesla?
To be honest, the company’s who are already established and have the production capability. It’s easy for anyone to say what their car would be able to do better than Tesla but, saying and doing are two different things. I can claim my car has 1600HP from a quad turbo V16 but, until it is on a track, talk is talk.
However, Audi, Chevy and Porsche are more than able to produce a massive number of their EVs. Their EVs may not beat Tesla but, they will be able to atleast, see dealership and driveways quicker than the current Tesla lineup could.
At the end of the day, Tesla has people waiting to take them down and eat off of their dinner plate. With offers from competition and legions of loyalist followers, it’s only a matter of time before someone produces a product, comparable or better than Tesla. Elon Musk may not be sweating, but he might want to get that giga-factory cranking.