Could someone please go into a local Silicon Valley Mercedes Benz dealer and chat up the salesmen and let us know what you find out? If Tesla is doing that well, then MB sales must be in the tank. Are they?
As someone who's plunked down $100k for a Tesla (and more for the stock) and so wants desperately for the company to succeed, I welcome all the good news we can get. However, this article is absurd. If we as owners start propagating wonky observations, ridiculous extrapolations and fuzzy math to make our case for the future of Tesla and EVs, then we start to lose all credibility.
nlightened, you just described every analyst out there perfectly! :)
I'm a huge Tesla fan after owning two now and I live in Silicon Valley.
On a drive more than 15 minutes, I typically see one or two on the road. And I have seen one at Whole Foods but never more than one at a time.
What I don't get about this article is that parking your new car outside is not very common here as most people have garage space.
I do notice other new cars and wonder why people didn't buy a Tesla, but then they are often more mid range cars or SUVs. So not in the same 'category'
Being in the Silicon Valley myself, I see a TON of Model S'
Actually parts of that article didn't surprise, me, you guys who live outside of the San Francisco Bay Area would call this the Model S capital of the world. I take notice when I see a Model S now but there are so many that we don't really notice each other like we did just 2 months ago.
If the Model S was a virus, the Bay Area would be quarantined... :) But that is a very VERY good thing. I wouldn't be surprised if there were not 3k Model S' in this area alone, far outnumbering the total number of Roadsters sold for sure. Now it's the Roadster actually that I am seeing less and less frequently around here!!
I wouldn't be surprised if there were now* 3k Model S' in this area alone
When I was in Menlo Park, they were explaining why they had so many cars in service. They
handle all of Northern California right now (San Rafael (?) only has one tech) out to Reno.
They said they were responsible for about 2500 cars. So that 3k in the Bay Area isn't probably
far off right now.
(oh and they said Fremont was only doing limited work due to handling cars from the line
Second last paragraph: Given how many cars are sold every year in the major California coast cities -- San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego -- Tesla may not need to sell a single car anywhere else in the world, ever. It can easily sell the 20,000 to 30,000 cars it has planned to sell every year in California coastal cities alone.