Vukee car, an all-electric car sharing service recently announced its forthcoming debut, becoming the first of its kind to solely offer Tesla cars, specifically Tesla's latest sedan model S, a move which only further highlights the electric auto manufacturer's increasing popularity.
Vukee, based out of Palo Alto in California, a modern application business with various succesful Apps under its belt, is all set to launch Vukee Car, a car sharing service this coming April. They are betting all their stakes on Tesla, the e-car that has gone gangbusters in the last couple of years, and are about to initiate their first fundraising campaign from next week.
Tesla, which recently opened a west coast supercharger (the fast charging stations for e-cars) circuit in North America and now, covers San Diego to Vancouver, allow the commuters to enjoy the long distance between San Diego, California and Vancouver, British Columbia totally on an electric car. These Superchargers are capable of charging the Model S, can deliver up to 120 kW DC which is almost 20 times faster than most public charging stations.
Tesla plans to take its supercharger network global. An article by Techcrunch mentions Tesla's 2014 goal, where the company plans to cover 100 percent of the population of Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Denmark and Luxembourg, and 90 percent of the population in England, Wales, and Sweden with a station within 320 kms by the end of 2014.
The recent 10 percent decline in the share price of Tesla and 38 million USD quarterly losses were attributed to research and development spends, which hence are planned to be increased further to 25 percent in order to achieve the target dream sport utility model X and improved model S. This huge investment in R & D could pay dividends for Tesla and help make the switch from traditional cars to e-cars easier and more convenient for consumer. It's early days yet, but Tesla's increasing foothold in the market (it now outsells Mercedes, BMW and Audi in the USA) means it is beginning to shake off its "too pricey, can't afford" reputation and could be indicating a changing of the automotive guard.
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