Submitted by benichols on January 5, 2018
I know we are all impatient and frustrated with regards to the Model 3 production ramp. I just wanted to give an example that I came across today that made me feel much better about Tesla's effort.
For reasons that aren't relevant, I was investigating new mid size SUVs. Lo and behold, I found that Volvo is one of the few automotive companies that is making a big push for electrification. In fact, they just released the XC60 PHEV and a few are currently trickling into the US. If I custom order one today, I can have the car in May/June. This is a PHEV that is built on an already existing platform (XC60) that was designed to be modular for this very reason. It has a small (10kwh) battery that can propel the vehicle about 20 miles on electric only before the ICE gets involved.
The Volvo XC60 PHEV concept car was revealed in January 2012. Not a typo. It took 6 years for a 90 year old car company to mass produce a concept car that was built on an existing platform.
Doesn't it seem a little silly to get upset about Tesla going from concept to 1000 cars/week in less than 2 years?