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article imageTesla releases some interesting data for (Middle) Earth Day

By Karen Graham     Apr 23, 2018 in Business
Tesla's news on the state of its electric vehicle fleet and energy products was released on Earth Day - focusing on the electric miles driven and the millions of tons of CO2 emissions saved from entering the atmosphere.
This year, Tesla used a "Lord of the Rings" theme for (Middle) Earth Day, announcing that its global fleet of electric vehicles had reached 7.2 billion electric miles, up from five billion electric miles last July.
According to Electrek, in October 2016, Tesla reached the three billion electric mile milestone and the company’s global fleet managed to add 500 million in less than three months – bringing the total to 3.5 billion in December and another half a billion more by March 2017.
Tesla usually likes to compare its total mileage data to how many trips to the moon and back its electric vehicles make during a given period of time, but this year, its 7.2 billion miles figure equaled 5,390,117 trips from Bag End to Mt. Doom. If anything, this does make the numbers more interesting.
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Tesla also claims that between their electric car fleet and its energy products, they have saved 7.4 million tons of CO2 from being released into our atmosphere, and this is an impressive number.
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Tesla CTO JB Straubel compared the Roadster fleet with the Model S/X fleet to miles added in 2016, and now, a similar situation is happening with the Model 3 launch, and Straubel thinks the Model 3 will surpass the Model S/X in terms of global mileage, as Tesla ramps up production on its Model 3 after a rocky start.
Sales of electric vehicles in the U.S.
With all this talk about millions of electric miles traveled, how many EVs does it equal? According to a January report by Hybrid Cars, a Michigan-based market research firm focusing on automotive issues, in 2017, a total of 17.1 million hybrid and electric vehicles were sold in the United States. Keep in mind - This is only U.S. sales.
The all-electric 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV. was the second best selling EV in the US  behind the Tesla ...
The all-electric 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV. was the second best selling EV in the US, behind the Tesla Model S.
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Sales in 2017 were led by the Tesla Model S with about 26,500 units, the top-selling plug-in car for the third year running, followed by the Chevrolet Bolt (23,297), Tesla Model X (~21,700), Toyota Prius Prime (20,936), and the Chevrolet Volt (20,349).
Does Tesla have a secret weapon?
CleanTechnica published a Tesla story on Sunday, talking about the company's “secret weapon,” a set of ideas proven effective by research. Or, as the writer of the article calls it - culture."
Hope, a culture of hard work and long hours, taking risks, collaboration, and constructive criticism are all part of this secret weapon that apparently keeps employees coming to work every morning. Added to all this is Elon Musk's distaste for advertising. He has many times made the pithy remark that advertising is essentially lying. Accordingly, Tesla refuses to advertise.
The writer concludes: "I am not some person who thinks Tesla can do no wrong. Tesla makes numerous mistakes. Why, then, does Tesla continue to survive when it makes more mistakes than most? It takes more risks and thinks outside the box more. Thus, Tesla innovates more."
Tesla Factory  Fremont  California
Tesla Factory, Fremont, California
Maurizio Pesce from Milan, Italia
The bottom line?
It is interesting that both the above articles came out on Sunday and Monday. Tesla has had a rough first quarter that included failing to reach a production quota for the Model 3, not once, but several weeks in a row, and a recall of 123,000 Model S's over rusty bolts.
Added to the worries for Tesla, on March 27, Moody's investors downgraded Tesla’s corporate family rating to B3, six levels into junk, and said its outlook on the company is negative. According to Bloomberg News at the time, Moody's cited “the significant shortfall in the production rate of Tesla’s Model 3” and liquidity pressures as two chief concerns.
Tesla Chairman and CEO Elon Musk unveils the new electric "Semi" Truck on November 16  201...
Tesla Chairman and CEO Elon Musk unveils the new electric "Semi" Truck on November 16, 2017 in Hawthorne, California
Veronique DUPONT, AFP
Tesla has enough problems on its plate, but let's add this latest bit of news: the Better Business Bureau has given the company a Failing Grade because it does not respond satisfactorily to customer complaints.
BBB received 65 official complaints about Tesla, but only 23 were resolved satisfactorily. Complaints ranged from warranty issues to customer-perceived defective floor mats. However, Tesla appeared to be dismissive of the complaints, with a Tesla spokesman releasing a statement that read: "Tesla has the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the entire auto industry, and it's not even close."
Actually, the cult following behind the success of Elon Musk and his many achievements is pretty hard to ignore, and his followers won't be in the least bit worried over any "bumps" in the electric road.
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