Electric cars are the future. Every carmaker, from the smallest to the largest, plans to build electric vehicles. As more companies join the EV race, established players are becoming more competitive.
The market for electric vehicles (EVs) is maturing. With 1.1 million plug-in EVs sold worldwide in 2017, it is no longer a niche company. This is an increase of 54 percent compared to 2016.
Tesla is one of the world’s largest EV companies. The automaker’s shares have been booming recently, rising about 40% in the fourth quarter of 2021. Tesla’s stock price has risen so dramatically that it has overshadowed Volkswagen as the world’s second most valuable auto company.
After selling 936,200 electric vehicles in 2021, Tesla was named the world’s best-selling electric car manufacturer. Based on sales volume, Tesla has a market share of just under 14%. BYD and Volkswagen Group were among the runners-up.
Tesla has many electric vehicles in its rangebut the ones that stand out the most are the 2021 Tesla Model 3, the 2021 Tesla Model Y, and the 2022 Tesla Model S.
Here’s why they’re at the top of the league in the EV market
The 2021 Tesla Model 3
Of the cheaper choices in the electric car industry, the 2021 Tesla Model 3 is without a doubt the most famous. It has some stylistic influences from Tesla’s Model S sedan and Model X SUV, but it stands out with a distinctive interior design and an all-glass top.
The Model 3 accelerates smoothly and almost silently. The Long Range variant with rear-wheel drive takes 5.1 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km/h. The Model 3 Performance accelerates to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, which is over 0.5 seconds faster than the Long Range model.
As is the case with other Teslas, the Model 3’s battery is carried under the floor, resulting in a low center of gravity. This allows it to turn sharply and feels grounded and sturdy in corners. The steering is precise and well-balanced, with three different levels of steering effort to choose from. The ride is firm but not heavy.
According to the EPA, the standard model has a range of up to 263 miles, while the more expensive Long Range model has a range of up to 353 miles per charge.
Between January and July 2021, the Tesla Model 3 sold 262,557 units worldwide. In the first half of 2021, the Tesla Model 3 was by far the most popular electric car in the world. Wuling HongGuang Mini EV took second place with 212,516 total sales.
The 2021 Tesla Model Y
The 2021 Tesla Model Y, which uses the chassis, interior and engine of the smaller Model 3, adds more excellent luggage space, an optional third row of seats and SUV style to the brand’s lower-cost products.
The Model Y no longer offers a budget-friendly Standard Range trim like the Model 3. An all-wheel-drive Long Range variant can go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. The Performance model delivers even faster acceleration, reaching 100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds.
It outperforms more expensive rivals such as the Audi e-Tron and the Jaguar I-Pace, with a maximum range of up to 526 kilometers on a single charge.
Between January and July 2021, the Tesla Model Y sold 153,062 vehicles worldwide.
Tesla Model Y is in third place in sales during that period, according to Tesla sales figures. This shows that combined car sales of Tesla’s Model 3 and Model Y far exceed that of the Chinese Wuling†
These numbers also surpass those of other electric car manufacturers, including Volkswagen, Renault, Nissan, BYD and Hyundai.
The Tesla Model S from 2022
In the surging market niche of EVs, the Tesla Model S 2022 is one of the most intriguing and desirable choices. The Model S has full-time four-wheel drive, regardless of version, with an electric motor for each of the front and rear axles. The acceleration of the different versions varies from exceptional to furious.
The Plaid variant has a third electric motor, bringing the total power to 1020 hp and reaching 100 km/h in just 2.1 seconds. Range and acceleration vary by model, with the Long Range version’s battery providing a range of 612 miles and the Plaid version up to 390 miles.
The base S model proves to be a responsive sports sedan with well-controlled body movements and precise handling. On the highway, it is confident and almost serene, with excellent ride comfort and exceptional handling. The Model S is sensible too, with a huge cargo area in the back and a second trunk in the front for extra storage.
Even if Tesla stopped producing vehicles tomorrow, this model would forever seal the company’s legacy in automotive history.
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