The Tesla Model 3 is rocketing past Europe’s best-selling electric cars: analyst

The Tesla Model 3 achieved yet another milestone as it continues its international ramp. Over the first quarter, the electric sedan from Silicon Valley successfully rocketed past other popular electric cars in Western Europe, taking its place at the top of the region’s list of best-selling EVs.

Berlin-based automotive industry analyst Matthias Schmidt noted that Tesla sold 19,482 Model 3 in the first quarter, a significant lead over the previous #1 EV in the region, the ubiquitous Renault Zoe, which sold 11,049 units over the same period. This is particularly impressive for the Model 3, as it was only available in the market since February, and it was more than twice, or (at times) even three times the cost of the best-selling Zoe. The Nissan Leaf, a veteran in the mainstream EV market, bowed down to the Model 3 as well, selling 10,315 in the first quarter.

The Model 3’s competitors in the premium electric vehicle segment were farther off. The Jaguar I-PACE, which recently received the World Car of the Year award, was 7th place in Europe’s sales, selling 3,012 units in Q1. The Audi e-tron, also a much-hyped vehicle that was, at one time, considered as a potential “Tesla Killer” by skeptics, sold a rather humble 2,526 units in the first quarter, according to the Berlin-based analyst’s data.

In a statement to Forbes, the auto analyst noted that the Model 3’s competition from Europe might be deliberately holding back their sales due to the European Union’s (EU) carbon dioxide (CO2) regulations, which are set to become tighter next year. According to Schmidt, automakers might be aiming to grow their electric car fleets in 2021, in order to bring down their average emissions and avoid fines. Thus, Tesla has all the opportunity it needs to push the Model 3 today, since its all-electric fleet is in no danger from the EU’s tightening emissions rules.

“I expect the Model 3 to finish the year as the top-selling electric car model in Europe helped along by the fact that other manufacturers are reducing supply of their electric models to 2020, with plenty of creative excuses, in order to lower their fleet average CO2 emissions – when it counts – to achieve the next round of EU targets being introduced in 2020 covering 95% of their total fleet and 100% in the following year. Tesla is the only manufacturer that doesn’t have an issue meeting fleet average CO2 emissions and effectively has an open goal up to the end of this year,” the analyst said.

The Tesla Model 3 is proving to be a disruptive vehicle in every region it has been deployed to so far. With Model 3 deliveries focused on North America last year, the electric sedan became the best-selling luxury vehicle in the United States. The Model 3 made its presence known as it made its way into Europe as well. Norway, for one, reported that nearly 60% of all vehicles sold in the country in March were all-electric. More than 18,000 cars were registered in the country during the month, and over 10,000 were all-electric. From this number, 5,822 were Tesla Model S, Model 3, and Model X, which means that one in every three vehicles sold in Norway in March was a Tesla. The Model 3 also made a strong impact in Switzerland, where the all-electric car became the country’s best-selling car at the end of Q1, electric or otherwise.

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Bottas leads Mercedes one-two finish at 2019 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Mercedes-AMG’s Formula 1 domination continued over the weekend at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, where the German team was able to notch up yet another one-two finish.

This time it was Valtteri Bottas who crossed the line first on Sunday, the Finn having also started the race on pole. His teammate Lewis Hamilton, the reigning world championship, finished some 1.5 seconds behind.

Rounding out the top three was Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel who finished more than 11 seconds after Bottas. And putting in yet another strong performance was Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen who finished fourth.

Mercedes had the front row locked out at the start of the race. Hamilton got the better start but Bottas wasn’t willing to cede the position and managed to reclaim the lead at the first corner by going on the outside.

2019 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

2019 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Once again Ferrari showed that it has the pace but is unable to capitalize on it. The team’s newcomer Charles Leclerc, starting back in eighth because of a crash during Saturday’s qualifying, worked his way up to fifth after falling as low as 10th, and at one point even led the race for 19 laps, albeit in desperate need of a tire change which he received on lap 35. He also took the point for setting the race fastest lap, setting a new lap record of 1:43.009 in the process.

There were few dramas, though there was an odd accident involving Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo and Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat. On lap 32, Ricciardo’s brakes locked up after passing Kvyat going into Turn 3, forcing him to run off the track. This also caused Kvyat to follow. However, in a rush to get back into the race, Ricciardo ended up reversing into Kvyat, ending the race for both.

For Ricciardo, it was his third retirement in four races this season. Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly and Haas’ Romain Grosjean also failed to finish on Sunday.

Bottas is now back in the lead in the 2019 Drivers’ Championship with 87 points to second-placed Hamilton’s 86 points. Vettel is a distant third with 52 points. In the Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes has a clear lead with 173 points versus the 99 of Ferrari and 64 of Red Bull. The next race on the calendar is the Spanish Grand Prix in a fortnight.

2019 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

2019 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Below are the full results from the 2019 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix:

1) Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes-AMG
2) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG +1.524 seconds
3) Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari +11.739 seconds
4) Max Verstappen, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing +17.493 seconds
5) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari +69.107 seconds
6) Sergio Perez, Racing Point +76.416 seconds
7) Carlos Sainz, McLaren +83.826 seconds
8) Lando Norris, McLaren +100.268 seconds
9) Lance Stroll, Racing Point +103.816 seconds
10) Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo +1 lap
11) Alexander Albon, Toro Rosso +1 lap
12) Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo +1 lap
13) Kevin Magnussen, Haas +1 lap
14) Nico Hulkenberg, Renault +1 lap
15) George Russell, Williams +2 laps
16) Robert Kubica, Williams +2 laps
Ret) Pierre Gasly, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
Ret) Romain Grosjean, Haas
Ret) Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso
Ret) Daniel Ricciardo, Renault

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Tesla is offering 5,000 free Supercharger miles in new Referral Program update

Tesla has updated its Referral Program to include 5,000 miles of free Supercharging on new purchases of a Model S, Model X and Model 3 made with a referral code. The update came as a notification in the ‘Loot Box’ section of the Tesla app to existing owners.  The latest incentive represents a five-fold increase from the original offer of 1,000 miles of free Supercharging and available for a limited time.

You and anyone using your referral code to buy a Tesla will receive 5,000 free Supercharger miles! On May 28, this will revert back to 1,000 miles.

Each referral now also gives you five changes to win a Founders Series Model Y or Roadster supercar! Tesla owners who already have free Supercharging get ten chances to win,” Tesla said.

The Supercharging incentive is available to new purchases, including leases, made before May 28th.

Tesla has boosted Referral Program miles and contest entries temporarily for owners and new buyers.

Tesla’s popular Referral Program was revamped in March after success of the previous incentive program became cost prohibitive, largely as a result of giving away approximately 160 Founder Series Roadsters, each carrying a price tag of $250k. After ending the program this year on February 2, Tesla rebooted the Referral Program with a new structure that provided exclusive rewards while still maintaining cost efficiency. The new program now offers prize winners a monthly and quarterly chance to win a vehicle instead of giving one away.

“Each referral also gives you a chance to win a Founder’s Series Model Y monthly and a Founder’s series Roadster supercar quarterly, both signed by Elon Musk and Franz von Holzhausen,” Tesla noted in the new Referral Program announcement.

Tesla created the new Referral Program in response to feedback from customers who’d enjoyed the benefits of the original while also acknowledging a win-win for the company and its buyers in terms of referrals.

“We’ve heard from our customers that the Referral Program was one of their favorite reasons to tell their friends about Tesla, so today, we’re introducing an all-new Referral Program to give customers another way to share what they love about their cars,” Tesla stated in their new program announcement.

Tesla is offering 5,000 free Supercharger miles in new Referral Program update

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