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Published on June 3rd, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

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Tesla Model 3 Cheaper Than Honda Accord … Gas Car Dealers In Norway Suffering … New BYD Electric Vehicles — #CleanTechnica Top 20

June 3rd, 2019 by  


The 20 most popular CleanTechnica articles of May are in a list below. First, though, I’ll highlight some of my favorites.

Well, the #1 story on the top 20 is also perhaps my favorite, but I wrote it, so I’m biased. It is a cost comparison between the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus and several Honda Accord trims. Guess who wins.

I’m a huge fan of these cost of ownership comparisons and give gigantic props to:

Image via Tesla

Kyle Field, Chanan Bos, and I thoroughly enjoyed interviewing Tesla President of Automotive Jerome Guillen in the Tesla Fremont offices, and I suggest that everyone interested in Tesla matters dive into that first takeaway article in order to spot some of the nuggets we uncovered.

Chanan also published our third YouTube video installment of our Tesla Fremont factory tour, a beauty that is an absolute must watch.

Vijay’s deep dive on Tesla Insurance was also a gem.

Jumping to non-Tesla electric vehicles, I found Jennifer Sensiba’s journalistic work learning about a used EV dealership in Arizona quite fascinating.

Maarten Vinkhuyzen’s dive into Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform is a valuable read if you want to better understand the EV approach of the world’s largest (or second largest) automaker, which aims to be #1 in EVs by the mid-2020s.

Related to the boisterous Volkswagen Group, a couple of scientists provided us with a chilling dismantling of Audi claims regarding ultrafast charging. The end result … well, if you didn’t read that one already, you have to.

Image via Volkswagen

On the positive side, Volkswagen semi-unveiled its exciting ID.3 electric everyperson’s car, and Maarten had a great piece explaining how the ID.3 helps Tesla, while Max Holland explained how the ID.3 again falls a bit short of Tesla on charging.

In the non-Tesla EV review category, we had tremendous reviews of:

I also found Jesper Berggreen’s explanation of Danish politics particularly interesting. Granted, I’m not sure how many of us need to know about Danish politics, but I still highly recommend the interesting and enjoyable read.

Chanan Bos and I conducted a fun, long interview with Zac of Now You Know — mostly talking about Tesla. There is much in the podcast that I think is worth listening to if you’re a Tesla fan.

You can subscribe and listen to CleanTech Talk on: AnchorApple Podcasts/iTunesBreakerGoogle PodcastsOvercastPocketPodbeanRadio PublicSoundCloudSpotifyStitcher, or via the embedded SoundCloud player below.

Okay, since we’re back on Tesla, it’s time to give some big props to Vijay Govindan for his original, creative analysis of the various solutions Tesla Network could provide.

I was a bit irritated by how much attention was given to Adam Jonas of Morgan Stanley essentially offering no new information and a totally useless Tesla [TSLA] price target range, so I ranted about it. I think everyone interested in this topic should read my piece.

I also wrote about the fact that Tesla sales have jumped from ~20,000 a year in 2013 to 20,000–30,000 a month in 2019 (despite many people claiming that would be impossible to achieve), yet Tesla’s stock price is about the same. Again, I not so humbly think everyone should read my analysis.

As always, I’m a fan of EV sales reports, so I recommend Jose Pontes’s reports on German EV sales, Chinese EV sales, European EV sales, Dutch EV sales, and French EV sales.

In the pure fun camp, you have to check out this “Honda Civic.”

I noted several other favorites from the last week of the month the other day, so I’ll just repost from there for the rest of my commentary:

Michael Grinshpun’s article on the media’s story about Tesla versus the facts might be one of my favorites ever, but his piece on Tesla order rates and global interest in Tesla is up there, too.

I always love a good price comparison, and Max Holland nailed it for the Tesla Model 3 versus luxury car competitors in China. Vijay Govindan had a similar one for Germany that shows essentially the same story.

Speaking of Europe, I think Maarten Vinkhuyzen’s article about Tesla’s sales approach on the Old Continent was an excellent one. I look forward to Tesla building out its network as requested in that piece!

Jumping to the fanciful, I couldn’t skip my piece about Tesla producing unicorns or Jennifer Sensiba’s about her time undercover as a $TSLAQ Twitter troll.

Back to costs, Steve Sasman provided a great rundown of his costs owning a Tesla Model S for 200,000 miles, one of our most popular articles of the month.

If you haven’t noticed by now, though, one thing I really love is charts. Here are four of my favorite articles featuring charts (not just this past week, but ever):


Now, at last, here’s the list of the 20 CleanTechnica stories that got the most clicks in May:

  1. Tesla Model 3 Cheaper Than Honda Accord — 15 Cost Comparisons [Updated]CleanTechnica Report
  2. Skyrocketing Tesla Sales Force Mercedes Dealer In Norway To Face A Kodak Moment
  3. 6 BYD Electric Vehicles At The 2019 Shanghai Auto Show
  4. The Cost Of Owning A Tesla After 200,000 Miles
  5. Correcting Audi: Tesla Model 3 Charges Over 2 Times Faster Than Audi e-tronCleanTechnica Report
  6. The Media’s Story About Tesla Is Wrong, Facts Tell Another — CleanTechnica Report
  7. Tesla Adds Capability To “Keep Summer Safe,” Skips All The Messy Lasers
  8. Electric Car Drivers & Potential Drivers — Chime In! — CleanTechnica Report
  9. Tesla Thanks VW
  10. Toyota, Lexus, Mercedes, Acura, Audi, & Infiniti Sales Drop In USA In April — CleanTechnica Report
  11. Tesla Slashes Leasing Costs On Model 3 — $399 A Month!
  12. Perovskite Solar Cell Fever Reaches Fever Pitch
  13. Rumor Mill Goes Into Overdrive — GM/Ford Merger On The Horizon? And What About Tesla?
  14. Air Pollution Is Slowly Killing Us All, New Global Study Claims
  15. Tesla Model 3 Rewrites The Rules Of What A Sport Sedan Can Be, Motor Trend Reflects
  16. See Why Tesla Scares The Legacy Players
  17. Some Thoughts On Elon Musk’s Emails To Employees — & The Media + Wall Street’s Response
  18. Another “Tesla Killer” Missing In Action — Volkswagen Group Falls Short (Charts!) — CleanTechnica Report
  19. Jaguar I-PACE, Audi e-tron, Mercedes EQC — Electric Autobahn Range Disasters
  20. Tesla Model 3 = 3rd Best Selling Vehicle In California In 1st Quarter — CleanTechnica Report

 
 





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About the Author

Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.



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