I don't think your writing is that bad Ody, although I did struggle to discern any actual argument in the piece other than that Tesla are great and some other people produce ugly cars, but then I was struggling to maintain concentration by the time he was talkling about people not burning his house down...
Today, while I write this sentence, the Model 3 from Tesla, an affordable fully electric vehicle that works in the ordinary life of a human, was delivered in the thousands to waiting customers in Europe. I am not talking about just a few hundred per country or a few thousand, but a bigger picture — future annual deliveries in the hundreds of thousands in Europe alone. That has never happened before...
Hasn't happened yet either.
Tesla has the largest fleet of cars with an autonomous driving system and the most miles driven on that system globally.
Tesla doesn't have an autonomous driving system, and it has clocked precisely 0 autonomous miles.
This is very important to comprehend, because to build an electric vehicle, if you have ICE tools, ICE experience, and ICE people, it is very hard. It is harder than most believe because it looks so similar from the outside — despite so much difference inside. We have seen the results from German automakers building EVs. Some of them are actually ICE vehicles with a battery and electric powertrain instead. Others are quite ugly. Some are nice to look at but fall behind in all specifications Tesla has proven possible today.
Again with the history in this forward looking piece. Hybrids were a response to regulation. They served a purpose. They bridged a gap, as did sticking a load of batteries and a couple of electric motors in to an existing car. Which is also rapidly becoming the past.
Some extracted facts out of a long list:
BMW sold 34,829 BEVs globally in 2018 (14% of Tesla and shrinking).
VW sold around 33,000 BEVs in 2018 (13% of Tesla).
Audi sold almost no BEVs in 2018.
Mercedes-Benz sold no BEVs in 2018.
Porsche sold no BEVs in 2018.
BMW sales did grow 1.8% overall, but its BEV sales decreased.
VW grew 0.2%, with about 0.5% of its total vehicles being BEVs.
Audi shrank (3.5%), with no BEV sales.
Daimler grow 2.4%, just a small number of Smart BEVs produced and sold.
Relevance to the 'ability of our auto industry to survive and prosper'?
Strangely happy to base an argument on highly speculative European sales figures for Tesla's model 3 in Europe but completely ignoring a slew of confirmed releases by German automakers and their initial reception by those who have been allowed to play with them.