published in December 23, 2018 |
December 23, 2018 per Steve Hanley
Tesla fans are getting a Christmas present this year – a bundle of good news that suggests that 2019 will be the most exciting year for the company. A noted auto industry analyst predicts that Model 3 will be the best-selling electric car in Germany next year. Reports from China suggest that the company's new Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai is already a year ahead. And a stunning new video shows just how exciting the Roadster 2.0 will be. Let's start with the video. Roll the ribbon!
Tesla Roadster 2.0 Video
Yazuki is a "creative experimental community driven by research, technology and design. We combine an end-to-end solution to create a new aesthetic of filmmaking. "I'm not sure what all that means, but the result is a video on the Tesla Roadster that limits the emotional impact of design on light.
This is the car that will drive a stake in the heart of all the gas-powered supercars on the planet. Ferrari? Lamborghini? McLaren? Porsche? Forget them. No one has a car that can overtake the Roadster, even if the cost is 5 times higher – or more. The Roadster 2.0 will simply be the no more ultra of sports cars. Period. End.
Tesla Model 3 to dominate Germany
Tesla said it will start shipping 3,000 Model 3 sedans to European markets starting early next year. Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, head of the German Automotive Research Center at the University of Duisburg-Essen, predicts he will outperform all other electric cars in that country by 2019. According to a report WirtschaftsWoche, he writes, "If he works with the production and initial start-up sales of Model 3 in Germany, Tesla could sell a total of up to 20,000 sales in this country in 2019." (Text edited for clarity).
Dudenhöffer says that in the first three quarters of 2018, 7,030 Smart EVs, 6,420 Volkswagen EVs and 5,150 EVs from Renault and BMW were registered in Germany. Tesla sold only 1,678 of its Model S and Model X vehicles during the same period.
But he expects Model 3 to disrupt the order established in 2019 and for one important reason. In Germany, senior employees often get company cars as part of their pay packages. The car can be free, but the recipients pay a fee of 1% a month on its value. Starting January 1st, this tax will be reduced to just 0.5% a month for electric cars, a move that could save drivers who select a VE for up to € 200 a month.
That is a significant part of the change. Not to put a very good point on this, but few senior managers want to be seen driving in a Smart EV or an e-Golf. Dudenhöffer expects the Model 3 to be the electric car of choice, once they are available in Germany, which could happen as of February 1.
Tesla Gigafactory 3 (GF3) – here we go, Shanghai!
The Chinese government has no problem choosing winners and losers in its economy, and has clearly decided to support Tesla to the full when it comes to helping the company install and operate its new factory in Shanghai. According to Twitter user, Vincent, the factory is already about a year early.
Now Chinese news channels largely report Tesla China GF3 is in 1st stage construction:
1. The assembly line will prepare 2H2019 for production
2. Before forecast for 1 year
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4. With local supply chains and jobs, you can reduce the sale price by 1/3.$ TSLA #Tlasla pic.twitter.com/WpLMImHxsg
– Vincent (@ vincent13031925) December 19, 2018
As Teslarati He points out, having the Chinese government's support has done wonders for Tesla as it aims to become a major manufacturer in that country. Tesla was the only competitor for the portion where GF3 will be built, the licensing process was as smooth as goose fat, and local banks practically fell on themselves to give the company low-interest loans to finance the factory. This helps to have friends in high places.
The new regulations starting January 1 require every automaker in China to build a certain percentage of electric vehicles or buy credits from other companies. Tesla is prepared to have many of these credits to sell as soon as production begins, which, according to Vincent, may be less than a year from now.