KalSteve wrote:Given the number of genuine Tesla's bursting into flames, I wonder what the failure rate of the chinese clones will be?
As far as I know, 4 Tesla's have burst into flames out of 80,000 built, which is significantly less than internal combustion cars. The Chinese clones won't burn because they are Vapoware.
@ricklearned: China build more electric cars than Tesla and Nissan combined in the last 12 months. Just read Green Car Reports.
I have ridden several Honda Grom "electric clone" motorcycles from China, which sell for USD 1,300 on eBay. Compare to $15K to $22K for a Zero electric motorcycle. Look up the threads in other forums, even Americans are happy witht eGrom's/e-groms/gromlins. (It seems that Honda's lawyers don't like anybody saying 'Grom clone', so please say it very quietly ... shhhhh.)
Btw, I don't ride 'cycles with a tailpipe after experiencing breathing problems from a very-high-performance 2-stroke 50cc that kept up with 600cc's, because the 2-stroke gasser caused me some breathing problems at every stoplight, when the cloud of smoke caught up with me.
Having owned nearly 3 dozen electric 'cycles and a fully-electric 4-wheeler, I opine that Chinese products (clones included) are very good, especially for the price. I also have friends in China who own and use their electric cars happily.
Electric vehicles means longer life for the driver/passender .. no exhaust fumes. That is the key.