Tesla Rules the Road: Model X Leads as the Most Driven Electric Car

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla's Model X is the most traveled EV
Tesla's Model X is the most traveled EV

In the electrifying realm of electric vehicles, Tesla's offerings continue to rev up more miles than any other brand. A study by iSeeCars, based on data from over 860,000 vehicles, reveals that all four Tesla models outpace the average electric car mileage of 9,059 miles a year. Topping the list is the Tesla Model X, defying the norm by clocking in an average of 10,378 miles annually.

Considering the broader automotive market, the average three-year-old gas-powered vehicle covers 12,758 miles per year — a figure EVs have yet to match. However, Tesla drivers consistently come closest, significantly increasing the EV average. Without Tesla's influence, the average EV mileage would drop to 6,719 miles per year.

The Least Driven EV: Porsche Taycan Trails Behind

Delving deeper into the data, the study found a noticeable discrepancy with Tesla's competitor, Porsche. The Porsche Taycan, a direct rival to the Tesla Model S, came in as the least-driven electric car, at just 4,846 miles per year, about half the distance driven by Model S owners. Model S came in second, Model 3 was third and Model Y fourth.

The study also explores the relationship between vehicle cost, use, and range. While electric cars generally cost 47% more than internal combustion cars, they are driven 29% less. This discrepancy can be attributed to several factors, such as EVs often being the second or third vehicle in a household or used less frequently for long trips. However, the pivotal factor appears to be battery range and the associated range anxiety.

Indeed, the iSeeCars study unveils a clear correlation: more range equals more use. Data shows that for every additional mile of range an EV offers, owners are willing to drive an additional 23 miles per year on average. This suggests that to match the average annual mileage of gas-powered vehicles, EVs need to add about 161 miles to their range.

Cost and Range: The Challenge for Wider EV Adoption

Achieving this increase in battery range at today's battery costs seems unfeasible. It would require an additional $60,000 on average, making the average EV price skyrocket to an unrealistic $105,147.

The study also reveals that range anxiety doesn't align with real-world use cases. According to the Department of Transportation National Household Travel Survey, almost all three-year-old EVs offer ample range for typical trips. The central issue seems to revolve around the time it takes to recharge an EV, which, in most instances, spans multiple hours.

“Range anxiety is less about being stranded in the middle of nowhere and more about the ‘refueling’ process for electric vehicles,” commented Karl Brauer, Executive Analyst at iSeeCars.

While Tesla's continuous strides in EV technology are closing the gap, overcoming range anxiety and matching the convenience of traditional gas-powered vehicles will be crucial for the broader adoption of EVs. With Tesla leading the charge, the day when EVs surpass gas-powered vehicles may not be too far off.

Tesla's Supercharger Team Shakeup: Firings, Rehiring, and Future Prospects

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Tesla recently fired the entire Supercharger team, including Tesla’s head of charging – Rebecca Tinucci, after she pushed back on the extreme layoffs that took place right before the cut.

The Supercharger team consisted of over 500 employees, at least after the initial layoffs. In the following days and weeks, Tesla began to rehire some of the employees that it had fired.

Some Damage Done

In the immediate aftermath of the firing of the Supercharger team, contractors and site planners were left bewildered, with no contact from the Supercharger team that was responsible for payment, planning, and decision-making.

As this has played out, new Supercharger deployments have been reduced – stations that were already being built are being completed, but no new announcements have been made since t

It was dire news at the time - but it isn’t all bad.

Returning Employees

Now, more and more of the employees that were fired are beginning to return to Tesla, some of whom are announcing that they were asked to return to Tesla in their previous capacities.

George Bahadue, Senior Manager of Site Acquisition and Business Development commented on LinkedIn:

“Two weeks ago, I was asked to return to Tesla in my previous capacity heading up the business development and site acquisition for Tesla charging – I accepted.”

His reasoning to accept the position was a quote from Rebecca Tinucci:

“You work at Tesla because you hope to have at least a small impact on our collective future – aspirationally, to leave the world better for our children and grandchildren and their children and grandchildren – by accelerating the transition to sustainable energy. And that mission is too important to allow any distractions.”

New Stations Could be Coming Soon

With the restaffing of the Supercharger team, especially with the return of George Bahadue, we can expect that new Supercharger sites may be announced in the coming weeks, as the ripple effect from the layoffs begins to settle.

The rehiring of experienced staff suggests that Tesla and Elon Musk are still committed to the vision of maintaining and expanding its Supercharger network – the largest and most reliable charging network in North America, which is crucial for the mission to move the world to renewable energy.

Tesla Cuts Model Y Output in China – Economic Slowdown and Anticipated Project Juniper Launch

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Tesla recently cut Model Y output in China, according to data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), Tesla’s production of the Model Y in China experienced a decline of approximately 18% in March, and 33% in April, versus the same time last year.

Output Cuts

These output cuts can be attributed to Tesla’s recent decision to reduce production of the Model Y at Giga Shanghai by at least 20% from March to June 2024. This was attributed to an unnamed Spokesperson by Reuters last week.

This decision could be multifaceted – the primary reason being an economic slowdown in China as price wars continue to be waged between EV manufacturers, including Tesla. On the flipside, Tesla has continued its production of the updated 2024 Model 3, colloquially referred to as the Highland, with an increase of 10%.

Project Juniper?

The second reason for this slowdown could be the incoming arrival of the Model Y refresh – also known as Project Juniper. Tesla China has already introduced an updated Model Y with a unique cloth dash with similar ambient lighting as the Model 3.

The Model 3 Highland was also introduced in China before its introduction to other markets, including North America and Europe.

Juniper Upgrade Speculation

Not much has been seen about Project Juniper at this time, but we can expect a similar suite of upgrades that match the updated 2024 Model 3 Highland – including a new front fascia design, updated doors and dynamics, steering updates, improved control arms, ambient lighting, new seats, and improved range.

There is a continued expectation that Tesla is pushing back its Model Y refresh – its best-selling vehicle – to make a bigger splash. This could include newer features – like the Cybertruck’s Steer-by-Wire, front camera, or other upgrades and changes – like the lack of stalks on the rest of the Tesla line-up.

Tesla previously confirmed we’re not seeing the Juniper Y this year, this could be the time needed to retool and upgrade lines to prepare for its introduction sometime next year.

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