Printed on September 28th, 2019 |
by Zachary Shahan
September 28th, 2019 by Zachary Shahan
We hosted a Nationwide Drive Electrical Week occasion final Saturday in Sarasota, Florida. It was organized very a lot on the final minute, however we have been fortunate to get dozens of electrical automobile drivers signed up nonetheless. The majority of the attendees have been Tesla house owners, as you could have seen from images just like the one above that I’ve been utilizing right here on CleanTechnica previously a number of days. Precisely half of all of the automobiles, 20 of them, have been Tesla Mannequin 3s. The Tesla Mannequin S and Mannequin X accounted for one more quarter of the vehicles. All collectively, 30 of the 40 vehicles have been Teslas. The one non-Tesla automobile to have a couple of spot on the lot was the Chevy Bolt — three have been registered
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It was fascinating to see so many contemporary Tesla Mannequin 3s in a single place. On the occasion one 12 months in the past, they have been nonetheless a uncommon sight and principally a novelty. How completely different it’s at present! As I’ve mentioned a number of occasions previously week or two to folks within the space, the Mannequin three appears increasingly more like the brand new Toyota Camry or Toyota Corolla. I see a number of a day, which is a giant deal while you keep in mind that they’re nearly all lower than one 12 months outdated. Actually, many are lower than three months outdated!
The automobile goes mainstream, because of a combo of: the perfect tech, the highest NHTSA security rating in historical past, depraved efficiency and drive high quality, its clear zero-emissions essence, lengthy vary, superfast charging, and a price of possession just like … a Toyota Camry or Toyota Corolla.
Whereas gathering so many EV drivers in a single place, I assumed it could be enjoyable to ask them a handful of questions. Effectively, truly, I received the concept when Johnna Crider advised me she was going to a Nationwide Drive Electrical Week occasion in Louisiana and requested if I had any ideas. I assumed it could be attention-grabbing to run a survey with as many attendees as potential. As soon as I noticed we’d be attending occasions in a number of locations, I figured it could be particularly attention-grabbing to run the identical survey all over the place and examine the outcomes.
Importantly, these aren’t scientifically sound surveys. The variety of respondents in every location was under 30 and there are a selection of different potential points. Nonetheless, it’s enjoyable to have a look at the outcomes! These small teams of electrical automobile early adopters and fanatics are attention-grabbing focus teams for understanding or speculating a bit in regards to the tech at present, the place the market is heading, and the way issues have modified lately.
Typically talking, attendees at our occasion in Sarasota had a way that the market is actually shifting proper in entrance of our eyes day after day. Whereas it might be unattainable for our human minds to see exponential development in motion, there’s a sense amongst many people that we will practically accomplish that within the Sarasota space this 12 months. However I’ll get again to that in a second. First, another outcomes from the surveys.
57% of respondents on this survey purchased or leased their first electrical automobile (EV) in simply the final 21 months (practically two years). That alone is indicative of how rapidly the EV market is rising (and particularly Tesla Model 3 sales) and the way a lot completely different the market is at present than it was in 2017.
The opposite solidly constructive notice in regards to the market, particularly in case you think about that lots of the respondents simply received an EV previously 12 months or two, is that 83% of them have been satisfied that they had impressed others to go electrical. One other 17% didn’t rule it out however merely weren’t positive.
And right here’s the large nearer on that subject and will get again to what I discussed above about exponential development occurring earlier than our eyes: A whopping 91% of respondents have been satisfied that individuals have been extra open to EVs this 12 months than in earlier years. Having performed nearly all of these surveys in particular person, I’d additionally notice that respondents have been typically fairly emphatic about that reply, lighting up a bit with enthusiasm.
In open-ended followup questions on this, I requested a bit extra about why they assume that’s the case. By and enormous, the arrival of the Tesla Mannequin three, and the way aggressive it’s, was seen as a important milestone that has opened up so many extra folks to EVs.
As you’ll be able to see within the chart above, the respondents drive fairly a bit, excess of the nationwide common of about 13,500 miles pushed per 12 months. General, 30% of respondents indicated they drive 21,000+ miles per 12 months, a few of whom mentioned they drive greater than 30,000 miles a 12 months. 52% indicated that they drive 15,000 or extra miles per 12 months.
One factor that’s attention-grabbing for the EV market is that the majority of respondents — 60% — plan to stay with their present EV for six+ years. 43% of them count on to maintain their automobile 10+ years!
As you’ll be able to see, practically 100% of respondents indicated they plan to get a Tesla after they go looking for a automobile once more, and the majority of them, 61%, count on to leap right into a Tesla Mannequin Y or Tesla Mannequin three after they subsequent purchase a brand new automobile. (Observe: “Different” on that chart represented a Rivian electrical automobile.)
Simply trying on the query of which auto manufacturers are EV leaders, it was in no way stunning to see 100% of respondents say Tesla was an EV chief. Whereas not even near Tesla, the responses additionally indicated a little bit of bullishness or reward about Porsche and GM. Additionally, not exhibiting up on the chart was Rivian, which was additionally named 9–13% of the time.
I had no actual concept what to anticipate from these surveys. I discovered the outcomes to be fairly attention-grabbing, most notably (1) how a lot the EV drivers (nearly solely Tesla drivers) drive, (2) nearly throughout the board, the following automobile respondents supposed to purchase was a Tesla automobile, (three) 91% of respondents thought folks appeared extra open to electrical automobiles at present than one 12 months in the past, (four) 57% of respondents first purchased an EV previously 21 months, and (5) 83% of respondents mentioned they’ve undoubtedly impressed different folks to go electrical. Now that we’ve got mass-market electrical automobiles (notably the Tesla Mannequin three) which might be hyper-competitive with gasoline automobiles of their class, it’s simple to go electrical — or, truly, exhausting to justify not going electrical — and I feel we see the outcomes of that in a number of of the findings from this quick survey. It is going to be attention-grabbing to see how responses escape in a single 12 months!
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