BMW i5 vs Tesla Model S, Volvo XC90 Sales Surprise, Cadillac CT6, & Tesla’s Near Sale To Google (Cleantech Talk #11)

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In this Monday’s episode of Cleantech Talk, Chris and I talk about some “controversy” that started here on CleanTechnica when Chris called the BMW i5 a Tesla competitor. He followed up with a piece on Gas2 defending the point. Chris and I chat more about that to kick off the show.

We then jump into higher than expected Volvo XC90 Plug-in sales. The key quote on that story from Volvo UK managing director Nick Connor is as follows: “We were planning on a 3 to 5% take rate of this model…. But our current rate on sold orders is over 20%. We underestimated it.” Chris and I go a lot further on that matter and high-end plug-in hybrids as a whole, including the hot new Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid.

Lastly, we delve into the story of Elon almost selling Tesla to Google for a cool $11 billion. There was a lot of fun stuff to talk about there, going far beyond the articles Chris and I wrote on Gas2 and CleanTechnica.

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3 thoughts on “BMW i5 vs Tesla Model S, Volvo XC90 Sales Surprise, Cadillac CT6, & Tesla’s Near Sale To Google (Cleantech Talk #11)

  • Well to me it is simple math. In Canada (BC), we have incentives of $ 2500 for hybrid with less than 15 kw batteries, over 15 kw $ 5000.
    If you drive anything over 15 years old and buy electric deduct an extra $ 3200.
    Now take one model from one company:
    ICE: cost $ 29.000 with taxes, fuel use 8.4 l/100km (34 mpg)
    Hybrid: cost $ 33.000 with taxes, fuel use 5.7 l/100km (50mpg)
    Hybrid estimated cost saving per year about $ 500 (in fuel), payback 3 years after incentive, brakes last 3 times as long,
    In Europe with higher fuel prices, I do not know if there are incentives or what they are,
    payback would be about the same. So to me it is clear, why 20 % of sales are hybrids.
    Will people go back to ICE’s after driving a hybrid, I do not think so. 😉
    Now anybody driving more than average, payback would be faster.

    • Car would be 2015 Toyota Camry.

  • Zach could you do me a favour and repost this under the Volvo C 90 article please.
    I do not know how to do that.

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