Tesla town

We walk regularly around Los Altos at the weekends. Usually for 3 or 4 miles, at a leisurely pace, so we are out for around and hour and a half. About three years ago, we started counting cars, to compare the frequency of Honda Fits with Ford Focuses. Teslas started to show up, so they were counted too. For comparison, Nissan Leafs were added. At this point, we've been doing this enough that anecdote starts to approach data. Yesterday we saw 6 Teslas, 3 Fits, 1 Leaf and 1 Focus. It has become routine to see more Teslas than Fits.

The new price for a Tesla Model S is approximately $65,000, with delivery in September. Honda Fit prices range between $14,500 and $17,500. Conclusions about the socio-economic profiles of Los Altos drivers are left to the reader. Having seen my first BMW i3 last week, it will be interesting to see whether they become as common as Teslas.

The Oatmeal has a particularly good explanation of what a Tesla is and why people like them.