The walking ball of Awesome that is Elon Musk has done it again, this time in the automotive arena: Tesla Motors has begun delivering its mid-range luxury sedan, the Model S, to dealers and early buyers today. As the sedan starts at $49,900 after credits and rebates, it is within range of the upper-middle-class, plenty of whom are environmentally conscious liberals and progressives. But aside from that, the damn thing is just plain beautiful and powerful. See for yourself:
It shreds the racetrack, makes little or no noise, drives hundreds of miles without a recharge, smooth as silk, roomy and comfortable, looks like pure sex, and you're saving the planet in the process. You have the option of a dedicated solar power source for recharging if you don't trust the grid, but even using the grid results in substantially less greenhouse gas emissions than if they were directly combusted in a car engine. Plus, if you buy this car, you'll be contributing to the evolution of the next generation car that will be available to the average person.
In other words, if you are an upper-middle-class person, you are obligated to buy the Tesla Model S. It's not a statement, it's not a toy, it's your duty - pure and simple. You have no other choice. Lexus, Mercedes, BWM, Audi...these cars are no longer on the menu if you are not a complete douchebag. Everything you want and more is in the Model S, so the only reason not to buy it if you have the means would be if you were a mentally disturbed right-wing sociopath who likes the idea of global warming and resource wars. So if you have the money and looking to buy a car in this range, this is it - the only option at your disposal. And let no one call themselves a liberal or progressive who can afford it that fails to buy this car. Hell, chip in together to buy one if you can't afford one individually. Clean up the streets and sexify them at the same time.
Recharging infrastructure isn't yet ubiquitous, but guess how it becomes ubiquitous? Through growth of demand. The more EVs are on the road, the more profitable it becomes to install further recharging infrastructure, which will go well beyond current demand on the basis of speculated future demand. Meanwhile charging and battery-swap technology will continuously improve. You're basically signing up for your driving experience to get better and better the longer you drive - when's the last time that was possible? You have an opportunity to join the future right now. Here's a list of stores - there are about 23 in the US and Canada right now - or place your order.
Disclaimer: I do not own any Tesla stock, so I have no financial incentive in talking up its sales. I just love the company and the ideas behind it. Okay then, upper-middle-class environmentalists, dish out the dough or you're a bunch of poseurs.