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Tesla, the Greatest Automobile Manufacturer Ever

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Self-driving, automatically updating, controllable via an app, safest vehicle ever made, no oil changes, no gas needed: yes, all the positive things you may have heard about Tesla cars are true, and they are so far ahead of the competition, there really is no hope of them catching up now.

Take it from someone who was a non-believer, but after a year of driving a Tesla Model 3, is more convinced than ever that Tesla is the future (video below).

Tesla Accolades Abound

  • Time magazine's Best 25 Inventions of the Year 2012
  • 2013 World Green Car of the Year
  • 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year
  • Detroit News Magazines 2018 Car of the Year
  • Car of the Year by Popular Mechanics *Multiple
  • Automotive Excellence Awards 2018
  • AutoExpress Car of the Year 2019

In 2015, Car and Driver magazine awarded the Model S with Car of the Century, a bold claim considering there were still 85 years left to go in the century.

The Tesla started out being a car only the well-to-do could afford, priced as it was at over $100k. Today a new Tesla can be bought for around $45k, not an insignificant amount for most people for sure, but when one factors in that a Tesla owner will likely be saving thousands of dollars a year not paying for gas, the additional cost of a new Tesla, compared to an ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicle that could be purchased for a few thousand less, more than makes up for the difference.

Tesla the Safest Car ever built

The Tesla Model 3 earned the highest safety assist score ever awarded by Euro NCAP under its newer 2018-2019 testing protocols.

Model 3 achieves the lowest probability of injury of any vehicle ever tested by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) – 2018 testing.

The Model 3 achieved a perfect 5-star rating in every category on the NHTSA's crash tests.

Tesla's Model S and X cars hold the second and third place, making Tesla the highest rated car company by the agency. The producer of the safest automobiles in the world.

Is There a Conspiracy Against Tesla?

If Tesla is making the most advanced and safest vehicle in the world, one not reliant on oil or gas, one that would help alleviate ‘global warming’, why isn’t it the world’s best sold vehicle? Why isn’t it getting government backing and support?

Well lets consider some of the obstacles. First there is the established auto industry giants, like GM and Toyota, they aren’t exactly capable of competing with Tesla in the EV field, Tesla is in a partnership to make its own batteries, has its own updating and auto driving software, they are years ahead of the likes of GM.

And then there is the Oil Industry. Currently the world consumes 100 million barrels of oil each day. 20 million in the U.S. alone. At $55 a barrel that is $5.5 billion per day, a $2 Trillion world market business.

As the percentage of EV (and alternative transportation) grows, the demand for oil will diminish. Approximately 50% of all oil goes to road transport. That is half of the $5.5 billion per day. If Tesla vehicles are the future, for every day that future is delayed, that is $2.75 billion made by the oil industry.

There are trillions of dollars at stake, the clock is literally running at about $2 million per minute just on the use of ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicles.

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Tesla Could Change (Save?) the World

Tesla’s goal is to make self-driving electric vehicles that last a million miles. Tesla’s future business model differs greatly from current automobile companies. These companies make vehicles with planned obsolescence in mind, they have significant costs to maintain and repair, far more so than electric vehicles.

Tesla’s vision for the world is a near 360-degree solution to our energy and carbon (global warming) problems, in which the power source for every home and business across the country is long-lasting, rechargeable batteries capable of storing massive amounts of solar energy and propelling everything from EVs to the simplest LED.

In addition, Tesla's 'self-driving' technology could reduce driving fatalities by as much as 90%. These changes could create trillions of dollars of disposable income as people give up their cars for extremely affordable, safe, stress free rides in self-driving taxis.

Air pollution is a major global problem and the majority of air pollution in developed countries is caused by traffic which is especially prominent in cities due to congestion. Air pollution associated with gas fueled vehicles includes Nitrogen oxides (NOx), Particulate Matter (PM10) and Carbon Monoxide (CO). Diesel emits four times the amount of NOx and 22 times the amount of PM10 than the average gas vehicle does. EVs on the other hand, do not produce any exhaust emissions, making them capable of reducing urban air pollution.

The reduction in global warming emissions converting from ICE vehicles to EV could bring, would buy humanity an additional 50 years to come up with solutions to our growing energy needs and climate change isues.

Tesla Texas Gigafactory


Tesla's Production Growing Exponentially

As of 2022, Tesla now has six fully functional factories located all over the world.

As of last year, over 4 million passenger EV cars were sold worldwide. Tesla, one of the largest electric vehicle manufacturers in the world, is positioned with the completion of its new Gigafactories in Texas and Germany, to begin producing more than 2 million EVs annually by in 2023.

Giga Texas will be able to produce more than 1 million electric cars annually, becoming the North America’s largest car factory. Giga Texas will produce one EV every 45 seconds.

Tesla's ultimate goal is to be able to produce 20 million electric cars a year by 2030.

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© 2019 Ken Burgess


Ken Burgess (author) from Florida on December 16, 2019:

John & Jack,

Jack has a point, Tesla's driving AI self driving is not fully there, yet, as they proclaim.

But just as Musk's Space X program is not going to Mars, yet, as the goal is proclaimed to be.

They are however, moving quickly in those directions, far more quickly and innovatively than anyone else.

I happen to have a ring side seat to the Space X efforts, in fact I just watched one of their rockets launch tonight, they will be launching more than 40 in 2020 from Cape Canaveral... that is an astounding number, when you think back twenty five years ago, globally we might have had only 40 launches in a decade.

At this stage in their development towards their goals, betting against Tesla or Space X is not something I'd advise, they are both on much more solid ground than they were even two years ago.

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on December 15, 2019:

Here is my article -

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on December 15, 2019:

I went to test drove the model 3 when it first came out. It is a wonderful car to drive. I wrote an article about my experience. The innovation is to be commended. There is two parts to this story. The all electric vehicle is great. However, even with tax credit, it is just not competitive with a gas car of comparable value. I estimated a $10k cost differential. Of course this depends on the price of gas. at $3 per gallon, gas engine cars is cheaper to operate over all. If gas prices rise to 4 or higher, then the difference is less pronounced.

The charging time was another factor.

The second part of the story is the self driving feature. At $6K, this option is too expensive and too optimistic. It will not work in city environment traffic conditions like in Beijing or Hanoi. Even in the suburbs of NYC where I live, it will have issues during a snow storm...I also wrote an article on this. You might want to check it out.

The bottom line, Tesla is perhaps ahead of its time. Like the DeLorean of the 1970s it will always have a folowing, but it will not be mainstream.

John Dove on December 14, 2019:

Hi Ken--

I looked over your correspondent Jack Lee's comments about Tesla. Jack, can't you say anything good about the pace-setting progress Tesla has made in leading the way toward electric vehicles? About all the innovations it has made already?

Sure there will be bumps in the road. But Tesla has pointed the way to the future, for sure..


Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on December 13, 2019:

Just a warning about Tesla, it is over sold on its technology. The self driving AI feature is not as advanced as it claim.

I am not convinced it will be prevalent in a few years. Especially considering the cost of $6000 for the feature.

Readmikenow on December 13, 2019:

Ken, a very good article. You enlightened me about Tesla. I enjoyed reading it.

Ken Burgess (author) from Florida on December 13, 2019:

Thank you John, much appreciated. You have some good articles yourself.

I would say Tesla in a few years may very well be the most productive and profitable auto company in the world.

John Dove on December 12, 2019:

Hi Ken--

I completely agree with you about Tesla. It has completely changed how we think of auto and truck transportation.

You point out that the "conspiracy against Tesla.". I believe it. So many people are betting against Tesla. There are about 38 million shares short interest in Tesla stock.

I will check in from time to tome to see the latest discussion here. Keep up the good work.

John Dove--

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on September 24, 2019:

Ken, china is the perfect place to test self driving cars. I have been to Beijing. The traffic is insane. If self driving technology can work there, it can work anywhere...I predict it will fail. The problem is not a technological one. It is how to implement in an environment where self driving vehicles having to co-exist with humans driving in cars, motorcycles, bicycles and scooters...and many not following traffic laws... good luck...

Ken Burgess (author) from Florida on September 24, 2019:


Back in the 80s and 90s the idea of cell phones that were capable of doing more than the most powerful computer at that time was probably not even considered possible.

AI is being used regularly in our lives today, helping to decide what ads you see when viewing this article to what videos appear when you go on Youtube.

And of course, AI will soon allow for self driving cars as well, its just a matter of them being able to process the input from all the cameras around the car, as well as radar and GPS, making it more reliable and safer than humans, which are easily distracted or intoxicated.

This is already a reality in some Tesla vehicles, they are self-driving already, Tesla likely will roll it out in China first, as standard rather than in an experimental stage, where there are far less restrictions and concerns.

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on September 23, 2019:

Ken, perhaps but some problems are too hard. Take artificial intelligence for example. When I worked at IBM Research back in the 1980s and 1990s, they were predicting huge leaps and all they needed was a faster computer...guess what, it didn’t come to fruition even today. We have supercomputers that run at high speeds but human intelligence is still illusive for computers.

The same applies to self driving cars and renewable energy...

Ken Burgess (author) from Florida on September 23, 2019:


Not intending to insult, but it appears you have a very 20th century outlook on Tesla and the changes coming to our world.

Musk is a different breed, in line with Steve Jobs, but with a projection ability on a massive scale, one that will take a generation to reach its true fruition.

Musk envisions the future, and Musk is making the future, bringing all the pieces needed together to make it happen. It is quite incredible, and alarming when you put it all together.

Space X Satellite Internet, Neurolink, Maxwell, Autopilot, etc. etc.

Musk has his own satellites in space, providing global communication, 85% of Tesla vehicle components are built in house, soon to be added to that will be its Maxwell batteries, Tesla has its own software, its infrastructure of recharge stations, etc. etc.

Musk is driven by a life altering vision. Even as recent as 2017, failure of such a grand vision seemed likely, but with the recent completion of the Giga factory in China, with the acquisition of Maxwell, with the continued success of Space X, it is beginning to look very possible.

What you are doubting is possible today will be reality in ten years time.

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on September 06, 2019:

Guess how many cars sold as of 2019 are all EV in the US?

What percent of the total cars sold?

How many charging stations will you need if even 25% of all cars on the road are EV?

How much time will be wasted waiting for charging of EV?

Do the math...

Ken Burgess (author) from Florida on September 06, 2019:

OK Jack, it doesn't work for everyone. Be it those who like to waste their lives away being stuck in LA traffic or those who commute three hours to work one way.

But for the other 90%+ of Americans who average 50 miles or less a day driving, it should work just fine.

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on September 06, 2019:

Not really. I went to test drive a Tesla 3 and was told by the salesman you should not turn off the likes to be “on” all the time. In the occasion when you go on vacation for long periods of time, you need to have the charging plug in place or else the car will die...not easy to re-start it up once the battery is depleted.

This is also a problem with the Bentley. When away for a while, they actually provided an electrical plug to plug in to keep the battery alive.

By the way, the range of the Tesla is deceptive. The 230 miles range is at optimum conditions. If hot day, with AC running, and sitting on a traffic jam, you will run out of juice. My niece just refuse to go on these long excursions...

it is like her radiant cooling system in her new modern energy efficient home. On a hot humid day in LA, she bring out little fans because the Cooling system does not work properly.

The Logician from then to now on on September 06, 2019:

Jack, how about getting stuck in traffic long enough to run out of gas? It’s almost happened to me! Does your niece keep her tank full all the time?

Remember, you can turn the car off while stuck in traffic for hours be it gas or electric.

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on September 06, 2019:

It is not the distance but traffic. There are times in LA where you are stuck for hours. My niece owns a Tesla model X and she is afraid to leave her Venice beach home more than 40 miles away...

She owns a second gas car for most of her driving. The Tesla was her way of saving the planet... not very effective at 100k price tag.

Ken Burgess (author) from Florida on September 06, 2019:

Jack: "Most people live in cities and apartments...they don’t have access to home charging."

That is an interesting point, and for many people in cities they don't bother owning a vehicle at all.

For many of those that do, having a recharge station put in their parking spot would probably be easy enough, if you can afford to have a place in a city, a car, and a private parking spot, you can find a way to get a charging station.

Elon Musk has given this a lot of thought, and talked about how Tesla cars will be able to be "rented out" to people who do need a car who might not own one. With self driving and automation of the future, the car will be able to drive itself to the person in need of a ride, pick them up, drop them off, and drive itself back to the garage.

BTW a 300 mile range is huge, almost no one commutes more than a hundred miles. That's an hour and a half drive in good traffic conditions. Range is just not an issue.

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on September 06, 2019:

Here is my article on the problem with self driving technology.

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on September 06, 2019:

Most people live in cities and apartments...they don’t have access to home charging. For a family, I can see EV cars as a second car. You still need a gas car for those long trips.

An EV may be good for daily commute. A small gas car cost less than 20k and gets 35 mpg. Tesla 3 still cost 40k. Even with the cost saving of gas at 1k per year, it will take 20 years to break even.

The financials just does not work for most people.

The best selling car in the USA is the Ford F150 truck. Tesla has no competition in this arena.

I give Elon Musk credit for the innovation.

As I said, it is too soon to determine if the Tesla is the best car.

In history, there are many examples of some great technology best of breed that end up in the dust bin...for one reason or another.

The challenges are just too great.

Also, the self driving technology is still at infant stage. At 6k option, it is too expensive and impractical for day to day use. There is niche market for self driving technology, but not across the board.

Ken Burgess (author) from Florida on September 06, 2019:


There was a time when people scoffed at the automobile replacing the horse. Hard to imagine but there was a time when NY city had thousands of horses and carriages moving up and down its streets, and there were no cars.

Tesla will be to ICE vehicles and the auto-industry what the Ford Model T was to horses. For a while Tesla will dominate the marketplace the way Ford did.

It wasn't a sure thing. But with the Chinese gigafactory, the Tesla purchase of Maxwell, and many new advancements it is a guarantee now. Tesla has crossed the threshold and now will quickly move to dominate the global market in just a few short years.

Biggie G,

Yes, the Tesla Model 3 is a better car now than a more expensive Mercedes, BMW, or whatever, and more importantly it holds its value in the resale market, those cars do not, so buying a Tesla is almost like getting a car for free in comparison to a "luxury" car.

Biggie G on September 05, 2019:

The commute/driving distance per day for the average person is under 50 miles.

The average Tesla has a range of 250+ miles. They can recharge to 80% with a fast charge in under an hour. Just long enough to go have a lunch, dinner, shop.

Tesla has a infrastructure of recharge stations across the Nation. Very easy to plan a long trip. But 90% of Americans do not make a long trips (multi-state) by car.

The savings for driver with gas @2.50 per gallon, and an average of 20 miles per gallon for the vehicle can still amount to over $1,000 a year. When comparing electricity to gas.

Owning a Tesla is just as affordable, and more advanced than owning a BMW, Mercedes, Caddy, or any number of vehicles. If you are buying a NEW vehicle, Tesla makes more sense than ever, and is more fun to drive than all of them.

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on September 05, 2019:

Ken, I don’t think so. The reason is EV is not as affordable and the charge time is too long. Even with the cost reduction and tax credits, it is still comparable to a luxury gas car. The second issue is even harder to fix. The charge time too long. Today, you can get into a gas station and fill up in 5 minutes and drive another 300 miles...

With all EV, it takes a minimum of 20 minutes to get a 60% charge and 40 minutes to get a full charge.

If you expand that to all existing cars on the road, you will see congestion at charging stations you will never see even during the gas crisis of the 1970s.

It may have a niche market in some areas of the country but it will never replace gas engine cars.

Ken Burgess (author) from Florida on September 05, 2019:


I see what you are saying. But I am considering the big picture more than the issues of mechanical problems that may arise, or how much it sells in the next couple of years.

It is a game changer. It is a car that has moved close to being affordable for the average customer. If tax incentives return all the more so.

It is forcing change on a global scale, all other auto makers have to contend with an alternative to the Internal Combustion Engine, and if not for Tesla, if not for the "affordable" Model 3, the auto industry would not be making these changes... certainly not in America outside of CA.

The Model 3 is forcing change with autonomous driving, with EVs of great range, and of affordability. Yes California tried to force this change many years ago, the Oil Companies and Auto industry were strong enough to kill that effort. And I imagine they have worked to slow the progress of Tesla as well.

As of now, it is the greatest automobile ever created, at least since the Ford Model T... it will be that revolutionary, it will have that type of civilization changing impact... give it a few years and it will replace ICE vehicles of today the way the Model T replaced the horse and buggy.

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on September 04, 2019:

This article is premature. The model 3 is too new. Problems don’t show up until 3 years of use. I would hold off judgement until then. That said, I am impressed with the drive experience. The instant acceleration and the quietness of this vehicle.

I am not a fan of the electric charging time.

Also, I am not a fan of the dash being all electronic. In times of trouble, i prefer gauges that work all the time rather than an LED screen that can go blank.

The other issue I have is the lithium ion battery. They are prone to fire. That is why they are banned from all commercial airlines.

Arthur Russ from England on August 22, 2019:

Thanks Ken for clarifying those points. Yes you are right; there’s been a 60% decline in the number of petrol (gas) stations in the UK over the past 20 years; mainly due to stiff competition and high taxes.

The Average Net Profit Margin on the sale of Petrol (gas) in the UK is about 2%, so Petrol Stations tend to make more profit from selling overpriced food & drink in their ‘forecourt shop’ than they do in selling petrol (gas). And ironically, the big Oil Companies (Like Shell) can potentially make more money from selling electricity from their ‘fast charge’ charging points on their forecourts, for recharging electric cars, than they make from selling petrol for fossil fuel cars.

The price of petrol (gas) in the UK is about $6 per USA Gallon, of which over 60% ($3.66) is government taxes (Fuel Duty Tax of $2.70 per USA Gallon, plus 20% Sales Tax on the Gross price of the petrol).

In the UK and across Europe, it’s been a policy of ALL Governments for decades to heavily tax petrol (gas) as part of a strategy in encouraging people to use public transport rather than private cars; a policy done in tandem with heavy investment in the infrastructure for a comprehensive integrated public transport network across Europe.

Ken Burgess (author) from Florida on August 22, 2019:

That's a lot to cover Arthur but I'll give it a go.

Tesla has laid its infrastructure throughout North America, it has ten times the recharging stations here that all the other combined sources of recharging (government and private) have.

Unlike EU nations or China, America has not put forth a government backed effort to ensure a smooth transition and plenty of recharging available, Tesla has done it on its own, and therefore is years ahead of the competition here.

The UK on the other hand, has more recharging stations than it has gas stations at this time, if my information is correct.

As far as Tesla being the Rolls Royce, that should change when production gets fully running in China, I would imagine Chinese made Tesla vehicles will be more affordable in the EU than what is currently on the market.

The two largest markets, China and North America, should be dominated by Tesla, for a variety of reasons, the EU not so much.

Arthur Russ from England on August 21, 2019:

Thanks for your feedback Ken.

I can’t comment on how things are panning out in the USA, and I haven’t kept a close eye on the roll-out of Electric Cars in China because I’ve concentrated more on their Renewable Energy Projects. However, I am more familiar with the ‘state of play’ and direction of the transition from fossil fuel cars to electric cars across Europe and in the UK.

Speaking from a European perspective, Tesla is the ‘Rolls-Royce’ of electric cars; if you have the money then Tesla is an obvious choice, and if you don’t have the money then you buy a cheaper Model from one of the other car manufacturers.

Yep, as you said [for a top range electric car] Tesla is set to dominate the market, but for the average European, they’ll be looking for a more basic electric car by a different manufacturer; some of which these days are quite impressive; although they don’t match the finesse of the Tesla.

On checking sales in the UK for the first half of 2019:-

• The most popular 100% electric car currently sold in the UK is the Nissan Leaf Models; starting at £28,000 ($34,000), 168 miles range on a single charge. With sales 2 ½ times greater than their nearest rivals, the Renault Zoe and the Tesla.

• The next most popular car sold in the UK is currently the Renault Zoe Model range starting from £19,000 ($23,000); with a range on a single charge of 250 miles. With sales being just slightly more than sales for the Tesla.

• Tesla is the 3rd most popular fully electric car sold in the UK; the cheapest Tesla car in the UK starts at $45,000 (one of the most expensive electric cars that money can buy in the UK).

Yep, there’s no doubt that auto-driving in a Tesla currently out-smarts other car manufacturers, and most certainly Tesla do have the best batteries; but as current sales in the UK show, people are making their final decision on which electric car to buy on other factors, including price. So certainly, at the moment, Tesla does have stiff competition in the UK (and across Europe).

As regards ‘Recharging Stations’, I don’t know how it’s done in the USA, but across Europe any electric car can recharge at any recharging station. Over the past six years there’s been a concerted effort to roll-out Recharging Stations; and in the last two years that effort has been intensified.

Six years ago, in the UK, recharging stations were most commonly found in Motorway Service Stations; whereas now, not only is SHELL (a leading oil company) rolling out Recharging Points at all their Petrol Stations (Gas Stations), but you’ll find Recharging Points in all Public Carparks, and on many streetlamps in London (with the intention to roll it out to the rest of the country in the near future).

SHELL (a British oil Company) is the 3rd largest OIL Company in the world (by Revenue).

• An Advert by SHELL (plugging their Electric Charge Points at their Petrol (gas) Stations in the UK): Electric Vehicles - 5 things to know about charging:

I particularly like the streetlamp idea, because it’s such a low tech (inexpensive), quick and effective way of building up the infrastructure to support the rapidly increasing demand for public on-street Recharging Points in the UK for Electric Vehicles.

• London lamp posts turned into car charging points:

As regards Climate Change (the other issue of debate); yep I fully agree with you. In this regard, Greta Thunberg (a 16 year old climate change activist from Sweden) is currently on her way to the USA; but whether she has the same impact in America as she’s had in Europe is doubtful!

The impact Greta Thunberg has had in Europe in the last six months has been remarkable e.g. she’s spoke at the UN on ‘Climate Change’, she’s spoken at the EU Parliament, and on 23rd April this year she spoke to MPs in the British Parliament. In fact Greta Thunberg impressed MPs so much, when she spoke to them that the following week (on 2nd May) the UK Parliament declared a ‘State of Climate Emergency’; and the following month Theresa May responded by committing the UK to net zero carbon emission by 2050 as a legal requirement under British law.

• The Greta Thunberg effect: her visit to London in 2 minutes:

• Greta Thunberg speaks as she sets sail from Britain (14th August 2019) for the USA:

Ken Burgess (author) from Florida on August 21, 2019:

Arthur thanks for reading and commenting.

My article is just a glossing over of the advancements Tesla is fast tracking into the world today. Once it has its mega-factory up and running in China, it will only be a matter of time before Tesla vehicles are flooding the world.

I just don't see how Tesla is going to have competition, because no one will be able to do what they can do with auto-driving anytime soon, no one has the infrastructure built up (Tesla recharging stations) that they do, and no one has the ability to build from top to bottom (Tesla bought Maxwell a battery company, designs its own software, makes every component of its vehicle) an EV like Tesla now can.

On another issue we were debating, I have been doing more research on the causes of climate change and greenhouse gases and it is evident that humanity is indeed responsible for most of the drastic changes that we see occuring, and that is only going to speed up and intensify if we do not make some drastic course changes away from gas and diesel fueled vehicles.

Arthur Russ from England on August 21, 2019:

Fascinating read; thanks. One of my favourite YouTube Channels is ‘Fully Charged’, and the owner of the Channel (Robert Llewellyn, a British actor who plays Kryten in Red Dwarf) is a fan of Tesla, and owns one himself.

Although the Tesla is undeniably the envy of other car manufacturers, and is undoubtedly the best choice money can buy; for the average British person it’s well beyond their pocket. So since 2012, when electric cars started to become popular in Britain, most British people have been opting for cheaper, more affordable, albeit inferior electric vehicle models to that of Tesla, made by other car manufacturers.

Back in 2012 the batteries of these early models were severely limited in distance between recharge, and so called fast-charge times was quite slow (about 30 minutes); but they have come a long way in the last few years so currently most cars now recharge in 20 minutes, and the top range models can outperform fossil fuel cars for distance before needing re-charging e.g. up to 200 miles. The new ultra-fast charge points currently being rolled out across Europe can recharge an electric car in just 10 minutes; which sets a new bench mark for car manufacturers as they design their next models.

UK legislation is that fossil fuel cars will be banned by 2040, which in practice means that most people in the UK will have switched to electric cars by about 2032 e.g. statistically, the average UK driver change their car about once every eight years. In response to this, most car manufacturers in Britain over the past 12 months have started to close down production of their fossil fuel models and switch to production of electric cars. However, there is pressure on the Government from ‘Pressure Groups’ in the UK to bring forward the date for banning fossil fuel cars to 2030, and MPs in Parliament are pressing the Government to bring the date forward to 2032; so the speed of phasing out fossil fuel in the UK may yet accelerate!

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