Greetings, guys. Long-time German premium brand driver here, got bitten by the Tesla bug bad - I guess it was airborne because all it took is one look at the car and a few moments of thought concerning never having to think about engine noise, idle pollution, smelly mornings with the gasoline heater running (or hot parked cars because parked gasoline cars can't run the compressor during summer), messy gasolines and oily fluids again. And paying for gas. It doesn't hurt that Tesla is priced very competitively for us in high gasoline/CO2 taxation countries either. Well, as it happens I'm taking delivery of my very first Tesla, P85, in a few weeks time... and just placed an EU signature reservation for a Model X. Will update the relevant thread with the number once I get it. Interestingly, the P85 is both the fastest car and the car with the most trunk space I've ever had, and I've owned some pretty great and expensive cars. Getting rid of that heavy gasoline engine just makes so many things so much better it seems... In a recent thread a Tesla Roadster owner said the car market for him was "literally down to 2 cars today", referring to Model S and Model X. I respect his longer experience, but even as a newbie I already feel the same. I mean, thinking about all the benefits getting rid of the gasoline engine brings, and then how poorly other manufactures have attacked this opportunity... what else is there but Tesla? I guess BMW i3 could be an option, but again that is attacking the city spinner angle, not really the properly sized car thing. Same with the Japanese. And BMW i8 is a joke from an e-angle (surely a nice ICE+ but that's a different proposition altogether) and Audi lost its cool with the R8 e-tron, which was far from practical anyway. Nobody else does normal-size, yet at the same time mindblowingly great electric cars but Tesla. Everyone else seems to be either dabbling in some super-niche fringe, small-battery hybrid or trying to attack the golf cart market. None of the other offering seem to have the combination of practicality, performance and purity. And before one thinks it will be different next year or the one after that, there's all the stuff Tesla is so aggressive about, like the supercharger network, the futuristic screen and firmware updates stuff that makes it harder to believe others can follow suit so fast... and the fact that they have Elon Musk who is more Steve Jobs than Jobs ever was (well, maybe not quite as good a performer). Getting some other electric car, let alone just a plug-in hybrid wouldn't feel at all the same. I have a hard time believing other car-makers could get this futuristic within the next year or two. In a decade? Sure. Especially with Tesla working with so many companies to advance the general adoption of the electric car. But next few years seem Tesla's. Tesla is like the iPhone in 2007. It immediately made everyone else seem archaic and it took years for others to catch up. Sure, eventually they will, but today it seems like a long way off. I think I must be going a bit mad. Say it ain't so? Or maybe Tesla really hit this one out of the car park. I'm pretty brand loyal and now it feels my brand loyalty has shifted massively. If I were a German premium brand, I would be pretty darn nervous right about now, because it can't be just me. I already ordered the Tesla Shop clean of any and all apparel they sell to show my newly found colors. Sorry if they ran out of something, just blame me. Well, I guess I'm rather shifting loyalties than gears anymore. OK, so just a tad bit of hyperbole there (excuse the giddy newcomer), but seriously - is any other car maker else even close at this point? Is the car market "literally down to 2 cars today" to anyone else of you? Or did I miss some impending car that is about to "get there"?