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EV sales predicted to surge as showrooms reopen and demand bounces back

Google Trends data show that, since the PM’s launch of the COVID-19 recovery strategy (11 May), there has been a significant boom in demand across the automotive industry – so much so that the demand is now parallel with the numbers pre-lockdown, this surge in demand is especially evident in the electric vehicle industry.

The Road to Recovery Dashboard: Electric Vehicles is part of a tool built by LeaseFetcher, a car leasing comparison site based in Scotland. “The dashboard aims to observe long term and immediate changes in demand and will help inform predictions about the future for the electric vehicle and automotive industry,” says Will Craig, Founder of LeaseFetcher.

Pulling its raw data from Google Trends on a weekly basis, the tool provides an invaluable insight into consumer sentiment and behaviour.

In March, demand across the automotive industry nosedives. Now, following the announcement on the 11th of May, introducing step one of the recovery strategy, demand is once again on the rise.

While search volume for ‘electric car’ hasn’t yet returned to its pre-COVID levels, there’s every indication that it will do soon.

Specifically, the Tesla Model S and Model X have seen strong recoveries, matching and even exceeding interest this time last year.

Demand for the compact BMW i3 has recently returned to its pre-COVID levels, while the higher-end Audi e-Tron has already exceeded this. This is a strong recovery considering the demand fell by 70.1% and 63.5% respectively from the 8th of March to the 22nd of March.

With over 200 miles of range now the norm and 30 minute fast chargers popping up left, right and centre, electric car owners have less and less to grumble about and potential new owners fewer transition barriers. With demand bouncing back with such force, we are likely to see a surge in new electric vehicle registrations in the coming months.

If COVID-19 has shown us one thing, it is the very tangible impact of air pollution on our health. Around the world, people have had their first taste of truly fresh air for a very long time as roads were closed, cars left unused and heavy industry was brought to a standstill. Electric cars produce zero tailpipe emissions, which make them an invaluable part of any strategy to tackle inner-city emissions and to make the world a greener, better, place.

The Road to Recovery Dashboard for Electric Vehicles will continue to be updated on a weekly basis to track the progress of the industry-wide recovery from COVID-19.

Common Tesla Model S Questions Answered

Tesla Model S electric car at Berkeley, San Francisco Bay Area

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Since its release, the Tesla Model S has caused a lot of buzzes and even more debate than some of the most popular cars of the past century! No doubt this is due to its innovation, which makes it a whole different kettle of fish to the average car, which means that few of us really know too much about it.

Hopefully, we can change that by answering some of the most common Tesla Model S questions…

How Is It an Evo Car?

Many people are skeptical that the Model S could be described as an evo car, but anyone who’s driven the Model S P85+ will be able to tell you that this electric car can go from 0-60 mph in less than four seconds, which means it performs as fast as the average super saloon. It turns out you don’t need petrol or diesel for prompt torque delivery!

How Does She Handle?

Many people are curious what it feels like to drive a totally electric car – well in the case of the Tesla Model S, it feels pretty much like driving any over vehicle. If anything, it is perhaps a little smoother, and of course, it’s a lot quieter than your average vehicle.

How Often Does It Need Charging?

On average, you can expect to get 31 miles of travel from each hour of charging; So, if you’re planning to go on a long journey, you’re going to have to park up and charge for quite a while. This is perhaps the biggest downside of owning the vehicle, especially right now when places to charge are still few and far between. Once that issue is solved, the Tesla Model S will surely be one of the best vehicles out on the road.

Should I Book a Service?

Should I book a service? This is something that most car owners, not just those with a brand new electric car often ponder, but with the Tesla S, you don’t need to guess. The company say that you should have the vehicle serviced after every 12,5000 miles use or annually – it’s up to you which. Obviously, if you’re experiencing any issues sooner than that, you will need to have it checked out. It might be an amazing car, but it still needs to be looked after!

Will My Mechanic Know What to Do with It?

Another issue with the Tesla is that there are still far too few mechanics who know how to deal with what is basically a leap in the evolution of car technology. Unless your regular mechanic has been trained and certified as a Tesla mechanic, then chances are he won’t be able to help you if something goes wrong and you’ll have to look for someone who is certified, which might not be too easy depending on where you’re located.

I hope this helps you understand a little more about the pros and cons of owning a Tesla. If you’re interested though, it is probably a good idea to check out their official website for a more comprehensive guide to ownership, too.

Chevy Bolt Or Tesla Model S, Which Is The Best EV For A Road Trip?

Everyone loves a road trip: Driving through a region, discovering its magic, one mile at a time, while being as free as a bird to stop and sleep wherever you want to. It’s no wonder that road trips are an American symbol: They’re linked to a natural sense of freedom and exploration of vast landscapes that are so iconic of the US. But when it comes to road trips, it’s always the old Mustang or the long Cadillac that get in the picture of the perfect trip. Have you ever considered an electric car instead? We’re comparing the Tesla Model S and the Chevy Bolt to find out the best car for the exercise!

Chevy Bolt EV

The essentials on the road

Even though an electric car has a different fuelling system, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t pack like for a standard road trip, namely a box of tools to be able to change a flat tyre and cables to revive the battery. Admittedly, there’s no need to worry in case you’ve forgotten a tool or you find yourself unable to move the car. The tow truck service is equally available to fuel-powered and electric vehicles! But, you’ll enjoy the road trip more if you don’t need it!

Planning ahead

If it’s your first long drive with an EV, make sure to check a map of charging stations in the area before you leave. These are more difficult to find than fuel stations!

Tesla Model S: Supercharged in 30min

The Tesla Model S has some serious bragging rights, as with any electric car that allows you to invest in the future. But what is really exciting about this model is that you can in only 30 minutes get the car charged to complete a 170-mile-long journey, assuming you are using a Tesla Supercharger charging station. Remember the EV charging map? That’s why you need it! Additionally, the Tesla S is a fast car that can even beat the Ferrari 458 in a race.

Chevy Bolt: 313 miles on a charge

In comparison, the Chevy Bolt offers an impressive driving range on one charge: Up to 238 miles, although drivers claim to have managed 313 miles on a single charge. Unfortunately the Chevy Bolt can’t use the Tesla Supercharger, but you can use DC fast-charging stations to deliver 90 miles in the first 30 min. If you’re stopping in a hotel, it will take a 240-volt Level 2 charging station 9 hours to fill a discharged battery pack.

The verdict

According to EPA estimates, the 259 miles range of the Tesla Model S beats the Chevy Bolt, especially if you take into account the time of charge. However, recent tests by Consumer Reports show otherwise: The Chevy Bolt surpasses expectations with a 235 miles range, vs the Tesla that only hits 250 miles. But charging time and comfort are in favor of the Tesla’s vehicle.

In conclusion, a long-distance road trip is better planned with a Tesla Model S, as you’ll be making the most of its supercharging abilities and comfy seats. However, if you’re driving only a few hundred miles, the Chevy Bolt is a great alternative that exceeds range expectations, as long as you remember to use DC fast-charging stations!

Why You Absolutely Need the Tesla Model S

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There are many benefits to getting an electric car, ranging from the simple cool-factor of driving in the vehicle of the future, to cutting down dramatically on fuel costs, and reducing your carbon footprint.

But for all those benefits which apply to electric cars across the board, there are certain key reasons why you might want to take the plunge and invest in a Tesla Model S.

Here are a few of those reasons.

Bragging rights

There’s no electric car quite as universally well known, and with quite the mythic aura surrounding it, as the Tesla. By owning a Tesla Model S you get the bragging rights that come with investing in Elon Musk’s vision for the future.

You also get to enjoy the instant recognition, interest, and curiosity of those you bring it up with in conversation. There’s a certain sense of being on the cutting edge with comes with the territory of driving a Tesla, and with that comes the bragging rights.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that it’s a pretty car, available in a range of ceramic paint coatings.

Access to the world’s fastest charging stations

One of the key concerns among many new electric car buyers is the fear that they might find themselves running out of juice at a bad time, and either being stranded in the middle of nowhere, or having to wait for hours at a charging station before getting back on the road.

Fortunately for the Tesla Model S owner, they have the privilege of using the renowned Tesla Supercharger charging stations.

Not only are Tesla Superchargers the world’s fastest charging stations — boasting the ability to get your car ready for 170 miles of travel within as little as 30 minutes — but they are also positioned in convenient locations such as near shopping complexes or service stops.

Just be sure to check your map in advance to see where they are, as there are by no means an unlimited number of them around.

100% first year allowance

With a Tesla Model S, you’re able to claim a 100% year-one deduction on the car, assuming you use it as a company car.

For the self-employed, or entrepreneurs out there, this can be a great incentive for finally making the plunge and picking up one of these vaunted vehicles.

Feeding the need for speed

There are no two ways about it, the Tesla Model S is simply fast, with top speeds of 139.9-155.3mph. The internet abounds with videos of the Tesla Model S taking on cars such as the Ferrari 458 in head-to-head races, and coming out on top.

If you’ve been put off buying an electric car because you heard they were slow and clunky, you’re a few generations behind the curve. The Tesla Model S is more than able to put your reservations to bed.

Saving the environment

This is a predictable point to make about electric cars in general, but it’s still valid and worth making. In a time of ecological crisis, being a part of the solution rather than the problem is a good feeling.

What’s more, by purchasing a Tesla, you’re directly contributing to Elon Musk’s wider efforts to introduce sustainable, ecologically friendly transport, in all its various forms.

Tesla Model S Smashes Modified Mustangs in the Street

1320video ran into the Tesla Racing Channel guy racing his Tesla P100D on the street.  With nothing more than a gutted interior (took off about 500 pounds), and some lightweight seats, this economy-electric car shocked everybody when it went undefeated against a Mustang Cobra, a Twin Turbo 5.0 L Mustang, a couple Nitrous Foxbody Mustangs, and finally a Nissan GT-R. It’s AWD, and insta-torque make for a KILLER street combo, especially when the roads aren’t too great.  You can see how the all wheel drive is a huge advantage in street racing because of all of the debris that accumulates like rocks, dirt, and rubber.

Ironically, the electric family sedan silently breezes past every obnoxiously modified muscle car.  Every race is worth watching, seeing egos get crushed by a stock motor EV with all the interior pulled out.

So if you can’t wait to recoup the premium price you payed to save at the pump, just take your Tesla down to your local street racing league like this guy and hustle some money out of gas gusslers.

 

Tesla Touchscreen Art


The 17” center touchscreen featured in new Tesla models integrates media, navigation, communications, cabin control and vehicle data into one intuitive interface. Many functions are mirrored on the instrument panel and are voice-activated to focus the driver’s attention on the road. But many Tesla owners are finding it makes an even better digital finger-painting canvas.

Tesla drivers and their kids are also using the central display unit to make portraits, send messages, and celebrate holidays. @tesla_sketchpad features some of this console art from imaginative Tesla owners. I’m not sure if Tesla originally intended the touchscreen to be a digital arts and crafts center, but it certainly demonstrates how Tesla is pushing boundaries of what an automobile is capable of.

An artist at work with his canvas.

Spongebob and Patrick.

A nice message for dad.

Holiday cheer.

A fun new twist to your center console.