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:
- Vijay Govindan for his comparison of the Tesla Model 3 SR+ and German luxury car competitors in the US.
- Max Holland’s superb comparison of the Tesla Model 3 SR+ and BMW 330i M Sport Gran Turismo in the UK.
- Paul Fosse for providing a quick, useful comparison of Tesla’s brand new Model 3 leasing option and a BMW 330i lease.
- Vijay’s lease vs. loan comparisons of the Tesla Model 3 in the UK, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, and China.
- My own comparison of the Tesla Model 3 SR+ and several Toyota Camry trims.
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.
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:
- A 2018 Nissan LEAF on a long, risky road trip in the US Southwest.
- A Nissan e-NV200 riding around with and giving rides to motorcycles in Europe.
- A GenZe electric bicycle versus … the BMW i3.
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.
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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.
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:
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!
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):
- 13 Amazing Tesla Sales Milestones (+ 17 Charts)
- See Why Tesla Scares The Legacy Players
- Tesla Model 3 = #1 Top Selling Car In California In Terms Of Revenue — Q1 2019
- Visualization: 2012–2019 US Electric Car Sales (This Is A Must See)
Now, at last, here’s the list of the 20 CleanTechnica stories that got the most clicks in May:
- Tesla Model 3 Cheaper Than Honda Accord — 15 Cost Comparisons [Updated] — CleanTechnica Report
- Skyrocketing Tesla Sales Force Mercedes Dealer In Norway To Face A Kodak Moment
- 6 BYD Electric Vehicles At The 2019 Shanghai Auto Show
- The Cost Of Owning A Tesla After 200,000 Miles
- Correcting Audi: Tesla Model 3 Charges Over 2 Times Faster Than Audi e-tron — CleanTechnica Report
- The Media’s Story About Tesla Is Wrong, Facts Tell Another — CleanTechnica Report
- Tesla Adds Capability To “Keep Summer Safe,” Skips All The Messy Lasers
- Electric Car Drivers & Potential Drivers — Chime In! — CleanTechnica Report
- Tesla Thanks VW
- Toyota, Lexus, Mercedes, Acura, Audi, & Infiniti Sales Drop In USA In April — CleanTechnica Report
- Tesla Slashes Leasing Costs On Model 3 — $399 A Month!
- Perovskite Solar Cell Fever Reaches Fever Pitch
- Rumor Mill Goes Into Overdrive — GM/Ford Merger On The Horizon? And What About Tesla?
- Air Pollution Is Slowly Killing Us All, New Global Study Claims
- Tesla Model 3 Rewrites The Rules Of What A Sport Sedan Can Be, Motor Trend Reflects
- See Why Tesla Scares The Legacy Players
- Some Thoughts On Elon Musk’s Emails To Employees — & The Media + Wall Street’s Response
- Another “Tesla Killer” Missing In Action — Volkswagen Group Falls Short (Charts!) — CleanTechnica Report
- Jaguar I-PACE, Audi e-tron, Mercedes EQC — Electric Autobahn Range Disasters
- Tesla Model 3 = 3rd Best Selling Vehicle In California In 1st Quarter — CleanTechnica Report