While we all know that California is a unique place, it may come as a shock that the $60,000-$100,000 all electric Tesla Model S has now outsold sports cars like the Porsche, Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo and Lincoln. In fact it even outsold the Lexus GS and Audi A6, perennial hits among affluent buyers.
What this says, very clearly, is that California drivers spend a lot on their cars, but also seem very concerned about good gas mileage and environmental impact. The top selling car in California is the Toyota Prius hybrid while the top selling car in the U.S. is, surprisingly, the Ford F-series pickup truck, which makes no logical sense unless we’re becoming a nation of subcontractors or we suddenly stopped noticing that gas is almost $4 a gallon.
The high cost of the Tesla will insure that it never becomes a truly common vehicle (4,714 were registered through June), but it does show that a pure plug-in car is becoming more acceptable every day. Now they just have to get cheaper and gain longer range between charges.
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