Elon Musk responded to the newest staggering EV sales numbers with a sarcastic yet realistic post: "The competition is coming." The Tesla CEO has heard that for years, but the latest numbers from Reuters show that no manufacturer is even close in the EV race; in fact, all of the others could combine, and they still can't match Tesla's dominance.
Between January and June 2023, Tesla sold a whopping 325,291 electric cars in the U.S. That's way more than any other company. General Motors' Chevrolet sold the second most, but only 34,943 vehicles. Ford, Hyundai, and Rivian sold even fewer. Tesla's Model Y and Model 3 cars are the most popular, selling 200,000 and 160,000 each.
Other Companies Are Having a Hard Time
While Tesla sells many cars, other companies like Ford are struggling. Ford had to stop building a big $3.5 billion battery plant in Michigan because they were losing money. They expected to lose $4.5 billion on their electric cars in one year. They are also facing labor strife, with the union demanding a 30% pay raise and a reduction of hours.
Many car companies are spending a lot of money to make electric cars and batteries, but they're not selling enough to make a profit. They need to figure out how to make their cars more popular.
More People Are Buying Electric Cars, But Mostly Teslas
Tesla dominates EV sales in the U.S.
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More and more people are buying electric cars. They made up 8.9% of all vehicles sold in the U.S. in the first half of 2023. That's almost 1 in 10 vehicles. But, there are 103 different models of electric cars, so the sales are spread out among many brands.
Tesla is also helping to make electric cars more affordable. They used their profits to lower prices and sell more cars. The average price of an electric vehicle dropped to $53,376 in July 2023, down from nearly $70,000 the year before. This makes it easier for more people to buy electric cars and join the green movement.
While the latest numbers looked at just the U.S., there are stories from around the world showing Tesla's dominance. The company marked a significant achievement by having over 50,000 vehicles on the roads, with 20,000 of them being Model Y crossovers, as shared by Tesla Regional Lead Kim Gaba Jensen on LinkedIn.
This growth is noteworthy, considering the number of Teslas in Denmark was just above 4,000 when Jensen joined the company in 2018 and around 12,000 at the end of 2020. This rapid increase in Tesla vehicles reflects the brand's growing popularity in the country, constituting nearly 2% of all cars on Danish roads. This milestone was confirmed and celebrated on social media platforms, including X, with Tesla Europe expressing gratitude to its Danish customers.
Tesla's ongoing supremacy in the electric vehicle sector remains unchallenged, as it sets unprecedented sales records and experiences monumental growth globally, with Denmark being a prime example. The struggle of competitors like Ford exemplifies the challenges other automotive companies face trying to find a foothold in this Tesla-dominated market. Remember, the company hasn't even introduced the vehicle it believes will be the best-selling EV.
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The first is firmware code that refers to a "front camera washer," which implies that upcoming models with a front bumper camera will also include a washer to hose off the lens.
The second appears to be available now with update 2023.44.1, and that's changes to the seat belt reminder system.
Front Camera Washer
The front-camera washer was revealed through Green's deep dive into Tesla's firmware code. An upcoming refresh to the Model S and Model X is expected to include a front bumper camera, as well as ambient lighting, similar to the new Model 3. When the new Model 3 lands in North America next year, it is also expected to carry this additional camera.
While its possible that the car will automatically clean the front camera based on when it sees dirt or rain droplets (similarly to how the wipers work), it appears that Tesla will also provide a button to manually clean the front bumper camera.
It's not clear where this additional button will live, but it could be added next to the Wipers and Sentry Mode buttons in Controls. Based on the icon, it doesn't look like it'll be its own icon in the bottom rows of apps, known as the launcher.
Seatbelt Reminder Changes
Another change Green discovered was a smaller change related to the seatbelt reminder system. In alignment with the standards set by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Tesla updated its seatbelt reminder tone. As per Green's findings, the new tone sounds more frequent and is higher-pitched.
Tesla has been tinkering with tone and patterns regarding safety aspects. The company recently changed how the hazardous lights function, introducing speed changes in flashing and light brightness after an accident.
These small changes reflect Tesla's commitment to consistently evolving their vehicles through hardware and software changes.
According to previous images of the Cybertruck's front bumper camera, the Cybertruck may be the first Tesla vehicle with the new lens cleaner. We should find out more this Thursday, when Tesla delivers the first trucks.
Tesla's Cybertruck is finally set to make its grand debut this Thursday, and it appears that the gang is all here. The latest sightings at Tesla's Gigafactory in Texas show an assembly of over 25 Cybertrucks. This fleet, captured by drone pilot and Giga Texas observer Jeff Roberts, is raising the excitement even more for what will be a monumental event.
Distinguishing Production Models from Test Units
Close examination of the spotted Cybertrucks indicates a mix of potential production models and test units. Some vehicles show signs of off-road testing, while others have different builds. They are all quite likely the ones that we have been writing about for months as production models would appear like Bigfoot sightings.
Despite the visible fleet, Tesla has announced plans to deliver only the first ten units at the launch event. This conservative start echoes Tesla's previous product launches, like the Model 3, where initial production was limited. Industry experts suggest a significant ramp-up in the coming year, with projections of substantial delivery numbers 2024.
What to Expect from the Cybertruck
Tesla has been tight-lipped about the final specifications of the Cybertruck. However, leaked details and hints from Tesla's earnings calls, Elon Musk's posts on X, and Joe Rogan's appearance suggest innovative features, like being arrow repellant, and being able to 'crab-walk'.
We also know the truck's towing capacity of 11,000 lbs and a payload of 2,500 lbs. It also has an advanced charging architecture and unique utility elements. These features are expected to set the Cybertruck apart from the truck and the electric truck segments, offering functionality and futuristic design.
Tesla's Strategic Approach to the Electric Truck Market
The Cybertruck launch is not just about introducing a new vehicle; it's about Tesla asserting its position in the electric truck market. The Cybertruck's journey from concept to launch reflects Tesla's commitment to pushing the boundaries of electric vehicle technology and design. The latest Elon Musk biography, written by Walter Isaacson, details many of the behind-the-scenes details of the production of this incredible vehicle.
The sighting of over 25 Cybertrucks at Gigafactory Texas indicates that Tesla is ready to put on a show for the delivery event. The event is scheduled to start at noon PST on November 30.
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