Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Oscar Wilde
Yesterday I posted a longish analysis of the new Mustang Mach E, Ford’s first big foray into the electric automobile market, and how that vehicle, to my eyes, appears to be a very direct imitation of Tesla’s upcoming Model Y, from the stats to the visuals. (If you care to, you can read the full thing here)
Also yesterday, the Mach E was formally presented and Electrek.com, one of the larger/well-known websites that focus on the EV revolution, had a representative there. Seth Weintraub offers the following fascinating article regarding what he saw…
The upshot of what Mr. Weintraub writes is encapsulated by Oscar Wilde’s famous quote as well as the title to his article: Yeah, Ford pretty much copied Tesla’s vehicles -particularly the upcoming Model Y- but, you know what? They created a pretty damn nice EV!
What does Elon Musk, the man behind Tesla, have to say about this? From the same website, Fred Lambert notes…
Within that same article and if you scroll down to the comments section, “Merv99” gives a very sanguine analysis of the whole thing:
Validation of EVs by other automakers is important. Tesla doesn’t want 70% of 2% of the market. It’s much better to have 40% of 90% of the market.
This is a very important thing to note: As much as I personally love EVs and feel they are very much the future of cars, as much as I personally feel ICE vehicles are a thing of the past, even if they don’t know it yet, they still take up an overwhelmingly LARGE percent of the market and will likely do so for a while longer.
But, with the release of the Mustang Mach E, I’m hoping people who hesitate trying a Tesla will give the Mach E a try and realize like I have these EVs are indeed the future. Perhaps then the wave of negativity coming from so many people -including those who financially benefit from the ICE status quo- will break.
EVs are very much the next generation of cars.
Hopefully and in time, they will take up a larger and larger share of the market.