Tesla’s Model 3 is here!
According to several articles (here is one) I see on Reddit, Tesla is now taking pre-orders for its new car, Model 3. This made me think.
Around 40 years ago people in the soviet bloc were given the chance to own this really cool new car, the Trabant. The trabant was nothing particularly mind-blowing as far as engineering or design goes, but in a world where owning a brand new car was a big deal people still lined up to reserve a new Trabant. All you had to do was to wait before the store, put down some money, and wait for your new car. Sometimes over a year.
Around 40 years after the first Trabant came out Tesla announced a new line to its prestigious cars, the Model 3. The Model 3 is geared towards those who can’t really afford to spend $100K on the original Tesla cars. No one really knows the specs of the Model 3, and it won’t be available until end of 2017. And yet, people lining up starting today. All they have to do is to wait before the store, put down some money, and wait for their new car. Likely over a year.
Model 3 order day starting in Australia pic.twitter.com/T6aUnG5BCv
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 30, 2016
My point being…
Curious how history repeats itself, is it? Sometimes my Social Science background kicks in and I can’t help but draw analogies between two occurrences, like Trabant and Tesla. The Western worlds have always spoken with such low opinion of the Soviet-era, they completely miss to draw a parallel between our current world and what it was just 40 years ago. 40 years! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t advocate for communism. Those who consider themselves experts of Social Science and History agree that so far none of the socio-economic models were deemed successful over the course of humanity’s history. Communism, socialism, capitalism – these are mere attempts at organizing the world’s economy. And as you can see, at the end of the day it doesn’t even matter what we call them – they are quite the same after all.