Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn Says He Is Happy About Tesla's Model 3 Pre-Order Success

Carlos Ghosn, the CEO of one of the first mainstream manufacturers to launch a modern electric car for the masses, was asked about his opinion on Tesla’s impressive number of registered orders for the Model 3.
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With remarkable tact and looking at the future of the auto industry, Ghosn explained that he welcomes healthy competition. The CEO of Nissan considers this push as a good sign for the sector of electric vehicles.

Ghosn was most impressed by the fact that people paid to be on the waiting list for the Model 3 even if they knew they would not get their cars until the end of 2017.

We are also impressed about this aspect, as it is a leap of faith made by those customers, which will probably not purchase any other car in the next 18 months and wait for their Tesla Model 3 to be manufactured and sent to them.

Tesla has managed to sell 107,000 Model S and Model X cars from 2012 to 2015, but it has now received payments of $1,000 from over 276,000 people.

By the end of 2016, Tesla wants to deliver somewhere between 80,000 and 90,000 Model S and Model X vehicles, while the Model 3 will start deliveries in late 2017.

Meanwhile, the company run by Carlos Ghosn is a world leader concerning the sale of electric vehicles. By the end of last year, the Renault-Nissan Alliance passed the 300,000 EVs sold milestone. The total figure is of 302,000 cars, an impressive feat when compared to Tesla’s results, but self-explanatory considering the smaller prices provided by the French and Japanese consortium.

The Nissan Leaf came to market in 2010 and had accounted for 211,000 units sold, Automotive News reports. Until now, it is the best-selling EV in the world.

Tesla has a long way to go until it has a chance of reaching the same milestone. However, Nissan’s results show that having a vision that focuses on electric cars can pay off, and we hope to see that other companies will come with comparable products.
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About the author: Sebastian Toma
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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