Tesla Killers Not Killing Tesla But Tesla Is A Killer Killer



Published on September 23rd, 2018 |
by Zachary Shahan

September 23rd, 2018 by Zachary Shahan 


I had fun with the “Tesla killer” nonsense a couple of weeks ago, and also with a decade of claims that Tesla was about to be dead (aka bankrupt), but a recent tweet or two stimulated yet one more Morning Monkey Business piece on these topics.

Also, between coming up with the story idea and actually writing it, Ben Sullins of Teslanomics tackled the Tesla killer topic as well and I got some recommendations to watch it. Check that video out for some bonus fun if you haven’t done so yet.

The thing I already joked about and I presume Ben joked about (I’ll watch the video after this) is that the Tesla killers aren’t killing Tesla at all. Duh. The cars aren’t as compelling overall as Tesla’s electric cars, but anyway, they’re really lifting the overall EV boat more than they’re taking sales from Tesla. And even if millions of people want the cars, the automakers don’t have the battery supply to produce millions or even hundreds of thousands of them a year. So, these Tesla killers are more Tesla benchwarmers than evil electric murderers.

What those two tweets above brought up, though, is that Tesla is the killer, and it’s a killer of killers. Tesla is putting to sleep one gas car after another, one polluting cancer creator after another, one asthma inventor after another, one heart disease pollinator after another. Well, not just one or a few, but tens of thousands a month. Tesla is crushing the lung crushers, destroying the climate destroyers, and blocking the heart blockers.

We know from the last quarterly conference call that the four cars Model 3 buyers are turning in the most frequently are gas burners — the Toyota Prius, BMW 3 Series, Honda Accord, and Honda Civic. You may see some of those cars as “efficient,” but that’s just because years of marketing and comparisons with Hummers have framed the discussion. In actuality, all four of those cars burn gas, create pollution, and thus lead to human disease and climate catastrophe.

Now, we don’t condone killing here on cleantech — in fact, it’s specifically what we’re not about — but if you gonna kill, then it’s best to kill inanimate killers. In fact, killing some of the most prolific inanimate killers is pretty cool, and that’s the Tesla Model 3’s thang.

My favorite thing these days is fun charts, so I’m dropping here again 12 of my favorite new charts — in case you weren’t around to see them before. Remember, not every Tesla Model 3 replaces a gasmobile, but most of them do. That means retiring polluting cars sooner, leaving more gas cars on the dealer lot or not built at all, and saving lives. Hard to complain about a killer like that.

Tesla Model 3 = #5 Best Selling Car in USA

Tesla = #3 Luxury Vehicle Brand in USA

Tesla = #1 in Luxury Car Sales in USA

Tesla Model 3 Goes from Little Dog in January to Big Dog in August

It’s a Monster! — Tesla Model 3 Growing vs Small & Midsize Luxury Car Competitors

Tesla Model 3 Trend vs 11 Popular & Competing Cars

Off the Charts — Tesla Slamming Small & Midsize Luxury Car Competitors

Tesla Eats Too Much Pie

Usain Bolt of Luxury Cars — Tesla Slams Small & Midsize Luxury Car Brands

Tesla A US Top Seller in Revenue (#1) and Units (#5)

Charts by Michael Grinshpun | CleanTechnica

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Tags: EV sales, humor, Morning Monkey Business, Tesla, Tesla Killers, Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model 3 sales

About the Author

Zachary Shahan Zach is tryin’ to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He’s also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada.

Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don’t jump to conclusions.

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