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As many of you have experienced incredible myths about Tesla when taking to the public, which is incredibly frustrating, the great guys over at CleanTechnica have created a new Tesla Myths page with lots of information on what is commonly circulating on the internet and thus in peoples minds.

I highly encourage you to reach the article to help you dispel the myths people often repeat when you talk to them.

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/06/23/our-new-tesla-myths-page/
 

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The myth I encounter most often when people ask me about my car is..."wow, how can you afford it? Isn't that like $100,000?"

So the word about the Model 3 is getting around, but it's firmly attached to a myth about it being priced alongside the Model S. People are usually very surprised when I tell them the shorter range model is about $38,000.
 

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Nicely put together and great for prospective buyers and owners alike!

As a quick sidenote related to this: I don't know about everyone else, but when in conversation with friends and family, I'm often asked where I get my information while dispelling these myths to them. Most times these myth dispelling, EV promoting articles come from sites like cleantechnica, electrek, insideevs, etc. Sending them a link to one of those sites as a reference doesn't inspire much confidence because they can immediately tell these are EV biased sites - regardless of if they're doing good and honest reporting or not. It's much more impactful when this type of article comes from more general news properties like NYT, WSJ, USA Today, etc.
 

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It's much more impactful when this type of article comes from more general news properties like NYT, WSJ, USA Today, etc.
I agree. Unfortunately, I haven't found such an article from the mainstream yet. And yes, that's kind of sad. I guess that dispelling myths doesn't get clicks.

This article is kind of nice, from a mostly-anti-Tesla website. It basically praises Tesla cars while throwing Musk under the bus (as well as Tesla the company to some extent). And TheDrive is not exactly a "mainstream" publication. But that's all fine. This is the kind of article that will help convince non-fanboys to take a look at and consider buying a Tesla.

How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Buy A Tesla
 

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The myth I encounter most often when people ask me about my car is..."wow, how can you afford it? Isn't that like $100,000?"

So the word about the Model 3 is getting around, but it's firmly attached to a myth about it being priced alongside the Model S. People are usually very surprised when I tell them the shorter range model is about $38,000.
This the biggest issue I've had. People I've known forever now look at me as though I'm wealthy. If I'd bought a Camry, they'd barely notice.
 

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I think you will find, with respect to Telsas or any thing else in life, that most people are ruled by confirmation bias. If someone has it in his head that BEV's produce more carbon that ICE it is unlikely that pointing out that you charge from solar panels or get your electricity from Quebec Hydro will change his mind.
 
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This the biggest issue I've had. People I've known forever now look at me as though I'm wealthy. If I'd bought a Camry, they'd barely notice.
Even funnier, they'd barely notice if you bought a Chevy Tahoe and parked it in their driveway, aside from "oh, you got a new SUV, congrats". Mid-range equipped, the Tahoe costs almost twice as much as the SR Model 3, and it's more than the Model 3 Performance.
 

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As many of you have experienced incredible myths about Tesla when taking to the public, which is incredibly frustrating, the great guys over at CleanTechnica have created a new Tesla Myths page with lots of information on what is commonly circulating on the internet and thus in peoples minds.

I highly encourage you to reach the article to help you dispel the myths people often repeat when you talk to them.

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/06/23/our-new-tesla-myths-page/
Well, sure, this counters the "untrue Tesla myths," but who will fight the true Tesla myths? :eek:
#DepartmentofRedundancyDepartment
 

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Well, sure, this counters the "untrue Tesla myths," but who will fight the true Tesla myths? :eek:
#DepartmentofRedundancyDepartment
The most often repeated myth on that list is that Tesla won't be around much longer, and if you buy a car from them, you'll be stuck with a worthless and unserviceable car.

I watched Tesla through its worst times (2017-2018 range) and it did not behave like a dying company. It was a little worrying when they laid off a bunch of people and threatened to close stores, but looking back that seems more like a pre-emptive efficiency move that went wrong. But they never closed manufacturing facilities, they never cut back production or cancelled upcoming models, never eliminated existing models, and never announced a massive parts outsourcing effort, never closed factories and announced that they're going to start making most of their cars overseas because it's no longer viable to make them here. And never announced that personal car ownership is going to be a thing of the past for all but the rich, and they need to move to fleet ownership and contract taxi service to keep up.

You know who is doing every one of those things? General Motors. They have displayed every single sign of a dying company. They're closing and selling off assets to pay off debt! That's a scary sign for any company. And yet the stock market experts and market predictions all say GM will rake in huge fortunes, and Tesla is going to go away.

I don't see the logic in that.
 

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I recommend this thread for sticky status! Loving that others are adding even more info/links/videos they've found useful to it as well. I'm definitely putting this thread on WATCH, saving the link as a favorite and saving the CleanTechnica article @TrevP linked for us (man, they do great work over there!)
I plan to use all this informational power accordingly... FOR JUSTICE!!!!
 

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Well, sure, this counters the "untrue Tesla myths," but who will fight the true Tesla myths? :eek:
#DepartmentofRedundancyDepartment
Haha! Years ago, deep inside a government facility, someone had made a sign over the entrance to a large office area with the same sign “Department of Redundancy Department” :cool:
 

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The latest myth I've heard a few times over the holidays? Oh, Tesla is now making their cars in China, no way I'd buy a Chinese-built car. <sigh>

[Edit, it's weird because it's true, Tesla is making cars in China but somehow these people missed the fact that those cars are for the Chinese market and they're not being shipped back here to sell, nor did a bunch of American jobs get lost or whatever else they're thinking]
 

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A few days ago I watched a rant video by Doug Demuro. General Motors wouldn't give him a C2 Corvette to test because he's not a "real journalist", and they thought he would just make fun of it. And that the press they consider "real" are old-school print magazines like Motor Trend. As Doug pointed out, people who are looking to buy a car aren't reading those magazines anymore - they're looking up their choices on youtube!

But it did bring up the point that there is an alliance of sorts between GM/Ford/Chrysler and those old school magazines like Motor Trend where they spend a lot of time reassuring each other that EV's are an unsustainable fad, and that customers would come crawling back to gasoline and diesel in a couple years. And sadly, a lot of Americans also believe that, purely because its biggest automakers refuse to embrace EV's. After all, if it was more than a fad, wouldn't those companies be rushing out cheaper EV's to crush the competition?

Which, of course, creates yet another myth I've heard about EV's: People afraid to buy them because they don't want to be stuck with a car that's unpopular, no longer manufactured, and they can't get parts for.
 

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But it did bring up the point that there is an alliance of sorts between GM/Ford/Chrysler and those old school magazines like Motor Trend where they spend a lot of time reassuring each other that EV's are an unsustainable fad, and that customers would come crawling back to gasoline and diesel in a couple years. And sadly, a lot of Americans also believe that, purely because its biggest automakers refuse to embrace EV's. After all, if it was more than a fad, wouldn't those companies be rushing out cheaper EV's to crush the competition?
Just to be fair, MotorTrend has been giving Tesla - and the Model 3 in particular - a lot of good press. Car & Driver, on the other hand, didn't even explain *why* the Model 3 didn't show up in their 10 best list.
 

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Just to be fair, MotorTrend has been giving Tesla - and the Model 3 in particular - a lot of good press. Car & Driver, on the other hand, didn't even explain *why* the Model 3 didn't show up in their 10 best list.
Fair enough, it was just the first name I pulled out of the air.