Chevy Bolt & Hyundai Kona EV Crushing Tesla Model 3 In US Sales — Or Not

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There are a handful of hilarious and informative pro-Tesla Twitter accounts. Elon Musk’s may be the most famous (either his or Earl’s), and he’s got a pretty good handle on humor (dad jokes and such), but another tweeter who makes me laugh on a routine basis and who I think more people should follow is The Short Shorts Historian/(@TeslaHistorian). This history professor is quite adept at picking LOL-funny tweets from yesteryear and bringing them to the harsh neon lights of modern-day Twitter.

In recent days, The Short Shorts Historian has been highlighting tweets from 1–4 years ago that predicted what has clearly come to pass: the Chevy Bolt has embarrassed the Tesla Model 3, destroyed Tesla, and laid the sad Silicon Valley upstart to rest. The Hyundai Kona EV and Toyota Prius Prime also put the Model 3 in its place. Alas, if only the Model 3 had had a real dashboard and more buttons and knobs. For the record, I love the Kona EV and also like and respect the Bolt EV. They are good electric vehicles, and I fully condone buying them if they fit the class that serves your needs and desires.

Let’s first look at the predictions.

Those tweets above just cover the Chevy Bolt (which I genuinely think is a fine car), the Bolt’s revolutionary dashboard (obviously a joke), and the Bolt’s superior over-the-air updates (like the one that installed Netflix and Smart Summon in the Bolt). There’s also the disruptive Hyundai Kona EV (destined for the mass market from birth) and Toyota Prius Prime (the real lean green driving machine).

“Sorry, $TSLA.”
Peeling off $TSLA’s Model 3 customers.


Now that we’ve seen the predictions, let’s look at how the sales have turned out.

Just make sure you don’t flip or rotate the screenshots below from how I’ve inserted them, which is the only correct way to look at the graphs.



That’s basically the end of the story. There are a few more charts below, but you can just ignore them.


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