According to The American Conservatives, a group that monitors consumer sentiment in the United States, the best-selling cars in the country today are Nissan’s new, plug-in hybrid, the Chevrolet Bolt EV and the BMW 7 Series, both of which are powered by plug-ins.
The American conservatives are not alone in their assessment, which is echoed by The Associated Press.
The AP’s Edmunds blog has posted similar results, which it attributes to a surge in plug-and-play hybrids, including Tesla’s Model S, Nissan’s Leaf and the Chevy Bolt EV.
“A few months ago, the Model S was the best selling car in America, and it’s the best performing car in the world right now,” Edmunds wrote in a recent blog post.
“The Bolt EV is the new Cadillac Escalade.”
The AP points to the fact that Tesla is now offering a range of five-wheel-drive models that combine the battery pack with a plug-intake system, and that the Tesla Model S is also the best seller in the U.S. “While the Bolt EV has a very good reputation, many buyers have switched to hybrids for their car and it may be too late to save the plug-electric,” the AP said.
The Associated Statesman, however, noted that Edmunds’ ratings of the Bolt and Model S were based on the average selling price, which tends to be lower than the average of other brands.
“These rankings are meant to be more subjective than the AP’s,” The Statesman’s Jeff Hays wrote in an email.
They also don’t account for the cost of the factory warranties and maintenance. “
If Edmunds does not report on the actual retail price of the car or SUV, they’re ignoring the true value of the product.
They also don’t account for the cost of the factory warranties and maintenance.
This means that the Bolt’s ranking is based on one estimate and one way of looking at it, and Edmunds is wrong about the other.”
Tesla also has some models that are not yet available, such as the Model X SUV and Model X crossover.
Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk has said the Model 3, which will be launched later this year, will have a range “that will blow [the] air out of your lungs.”
“The price of electric vehicles will be very competitive with gas, which means that there will be a lot of demand for plug-n-play vehicles,” Musk said in a January 2017 interview.
“I can’t imagine that they’re going to go away.”
Tesla has not yet announced pricing for the Bolt, Model S or the Model III.
In a statement to The Statesmen, a Tesla spokesperson said that the company does not comment on rumors or speculation.
“We believe the best approach is to build great vehicles with the best drivers and best people, and we are building a world-class electric car company to deliver the best value for our customers,” the statement said.
“Our plan for the Model Three is to be a great car for everyday use and for people who want to drive it but do not need to spend much money on a vehicle.”
The Tesla spokesperson also pointed out that the vehicles “will offer the best of both worlds, offering the freedom of a car without sacrificing fuel efficiency or range.”
The company also noted that it is working on new technology to make electric cars quieter.
“Electric vehicles, and electric vehicles specifically, can help address noise from traffic and from other vehicles,” the spokesperson said.
Tesla CEO Elon Tesla and his wife, Lynne, were married in 2006.
They have two children, Dylan and Olivia.
The couple has a combined net worth of $14 billion.