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USA: Electric Cars: Tesla Leads The Wave Of The Future

Tesla Motors, Inc (TSLA) is a designer and manufacturer of electric vehicles with enormous potential starting mid 2012 when it launches sales of its Model S. Many investors are shorting Tesla, electric vehicles, and green companies in general, however failures within the green industry will not be knocking on Tesla’s door.

Tesla’s Model S is unlike the competing Nissan Leaf (NSANY.PK), Chevy Volt (GM), and Fisker Karma. Investors have bet big that the Model S will flop just as its competition has. These offerings are hardly comparable.

The Nissan Leaf is a cute car design that visually appeals to those seeking to be green and make that their statement. The Leaf sells for $35,200 ($27,700 after $7,500 government rebate), is 100% electric, has a range of 47 to 105 miles per charge, 0-60 in about 10 seconds, and a top speed of 94. The 47-mile range is a compelling reason not to buy. It’s a great opportunity for a buyer to go green, but the car’s performance or styling isn’t comparable to gasoline models of the same price. For example, the Audi A3 can reach 130mph, accelerate 0-60 in 6.9 seconds, has a physique that appeals to a broader population and has unlimited range. The Leaf has poor sales because the only reason to buy it is the green factor. There are a great deal of competitors at that same price point with more compelling features than the Nissan Leaf.

The Chevy Volt has a neutral physique with a broader appeal than the Audi A3. The Chevy Volt is a hybrid, with a low 35-mile electric range. Price: $39,145, or $31,645 after rebate. Acceleration 0-60 in 9.2 seconds and maximum speed is 100 mph. The gas engine gives the car unlimited range. Again, the only reason to buy is the green factor. The BMW 128i is an example of a superior alternative in performance and will save you $550.


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