The article states that Tesla has to repay its loans to the US DoE faster than originally planned because they aren’t selling enough Model S sedans. They join Nissan and Chevrolet in the lower-sales-than-planned category. It seems that all electric cars available in the USA face the same issues. Chevrolet is on pace to hit about 10,000 Volts per year, and that would make them far and away the leading seller of electric cars.
I guess that you can see how the cost of batteries affects the sales price. The most reasonably priced units are the Prius plug-in at $32,000, but it only gets 14.3 miles on battery alone. Next is the all-electric Leaf at $35,000. It can go 73 miles between charges, but you have to recharge it. This is strictly a commuter car for 2 or more car families. The Volt starts at $39,000 and improves range ovr the Prius by going 38 miles belfore the engine starts recharging the battery. That’s still half the range of the Leaf, but it can be your only car; it has unlimited range by providing a gas-powered generator feature. The Tesla S goes 160 miles, but starts at $57,000. You can increase the range to 265 miles, but the cost jumps by $20,000. Note that this is for the base Tesla S, and does not include more expensive trim packages.
What do you think?