Re: Musk is the leader
The reason people are pro Tesla EV isn't primarily the cars, its the charging network
Is that the charging network Tesla excludes you from the moment they catch but a whiff of you not using their approved network of rarely available repair services or having the audacity to recycle some parts from other Teslas?
Mercedes just tested a new model which clocked over 1000km on a single charge. Not by using a bigger battery, but by being more efficient. Now I am no fan of Mercedes, but that's a company that has garages everywhere (they had a low quality period in which they needed that, but I digress), and doesn't use the public as guinea pigs. Also, they don't have a sociopath as spokesperson. In addition, there are already a lot of vehicles out there than can handle 800V charging now, which can dump up to 270kW into a car which is more than Tesla's superchargers and, as it's not a mIcrosoft-alike lock-in, can also be obtained from other charging networks.
Yes, I'm interested in an EV but no, there's too much wrong with Tesla for me to even consider buying one. There's more to long term driving than the ability to go from 0 to illegal in seconds, there's also the fact that in. real life accidents can also happen even if your own car doesn't cause them and that means service and repair is still needed. Teslas are already problematic when they're new. Given how much I drive I will probably end up with a PHEV instead - local electric, no range anxiety long distance, even though it means having two drive trains in one car. I will keep an eye out on full EV, IMHO we're not there yet, also because there will be a fundamental change in how driving is taxed once EVs start to impact the government's income from fuel taxation.