Jay Leno is one of Hollywood's most prominent car guys. His collection of about 300 vehicles (cars and motorbikes) is housed in several aircraft hangars, and he has long been a Tesla fan.
“The last new car I bought was my 2015 Tesla Model S,” writes Leno in an article in The Wall Street Journal. He points out that electric cars failed for years because they weren't as efficient as gasoline cars, they didn't have good range, and they were for the most part glorified golf carts. However, Tesla changed this perception.
"Now with the advent of Tesla and all these other companies, you have cars that have a range of 400 miles or more, so that's not even an issue anymore. They're faster, they're more efficient, and they don't cost as much to run. That's why electric will take over. I don't know any Tesla person that's gone back to a gas car."
Leno writes that he bought the Tesla because it is the fastest four-door car he could buy, and that it turned out to be electric was secondary. When he bought it, he wasn't specifically thinking of the environment, so the reduction in emissions was just an added bonus.
Leno recently attended "The News with Shepard Smith," where he said that Tesla's CEO Elon Musk's decision to build a charging infrastructure for the company's electric vehicles was ingenious. Tesla is not the only manufacturer to create electric vehicles, however it is the only one that has its own charging infrastructure.
“Even today, a lot of the major manufacturers build an electric car, but, oh, where do you charge it?
"Elon was smart, when he started, he knew this idea would work so he built charging stations."
Leno is confident that Tesla will be able to maintain its dominance in the field of electric vehicles, and added that he has seen electric cars from Europe fail.
“They don’t have the range of the Tesla. They don’t, because Tesla leads the field.”
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.