According to a report from Clean Technica, the electric car accounted for 21 percent of all U.S. sales in new, small and midsize luxury cars over the first three months of this year. While the percentage itself may not seem extravagantly high, to provide some perspective, BMW’s 2 Series, 3 Series, 4 Series, and 5 Series combined only amounted to roughly 15 percent of American sales. Moreover, Mercedes’ C-Class, CLA-Class, CLS-Class, and E-Class together accounted for just 13 percent.
The news comes as Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk announced that the company’s Fremont factory has now been reopened for production despite the nation and state’s orders to the contrary, and while its lawsuit against Alameda County is still ongoing. Musk expressed heavily his sentiment that Tesla has been “singled out” by the government, and that he would be “on the line with everyone else.” He added: “If anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me.”
Elsewhere in the automotive world, Vagabund Moto has crafted a Mad Max-styled off-roader using 3D-printing.
Tesla is restarting production today against Alameda County rules. I will be on the line with everyone else. If anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 11, 2020