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Aaron Rodgers Makes Game of Thrones Cameo Appearance as a Golden Company Soldier – Yahoo Entertainment

Surprise!

With just one episode left before the series finale of Game of Thrones, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers made a cameo as a soldier for the Golden Company army supporting Cersei Lannister at King’s Landing.

The football player was among the gents lined up to battle Daenerys Targaryen’s army, fronted by Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson). We won’t spoil his fate, but something tells us you can guess it.

RELATED: Game of Thrones‘ Penultimate Episode ‘The Bells’ Sees Dragon Fire and Major Character Deaths

Although Rodger’s cameo may have felt out of the blue, the 35-year-old NFL star, who’s a big fan of the series, has been dropping cryptic hints about the appearance for quite some time now. And just before the episode began, he dropped yet another one.

Last month, following the second episode of the final season, while cautioning fans from spreading spoilers, he teased that there was a very exciting episode coming up.

“24 hour rule still applies folks, for all those who thought there were better things to do tonight than watch @GameOfThrones,” he tweeted, before sharing that he wasn’t one of them.

Snuck into a hashtag at the very end, Rodgers wrote that with just four episodes to go, “episode 5 should be good.”

RELATED: The Game of Thrones Celebrity Cameos You Might Have Missed While Watching the Series

While attending the Kentucky Derby last week, Rodgers also teased his role in the 5th episode.

Asked by a reporter whether he would be open to making any cameos on television shows or movies, the athlete simply replied, “Episode 5 Game of thrones,” before quickly walking away.

RELATED VIDEO: Emilia Clarke Jokingly Reveals She Was Behind That Errant Game of Thrones Coffee Cup

Ahead of the start of season 8, Rodgers also starred in a promo video for HBO, which featured the star sitting upon the Iron Throne.

“I’m Lord Aaron of House Rogers of Greenwater Bay, the true king of the north,” he introduced himself, making a subtle illusion to his longtime team.

However, although Rogers has been a fan of the show for a long time, he readily admitted he hasn’t always been right when it comes to predicting the show’s juicy moments.

“Overthe years I’ve tweeted out or said on various shows some of my theories about the game of thrones plot twists, and they’re usually wrong,” he shared, before adding, “There’s only one game that really matters: Game of Thrones!”

With his appearance on the series, Rodgers joins an illustrious list of high-profile Game of Thrones cameos, which includes country star Chris Stapleton, Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Rob McElhenney, and singer Ed Sheeran.

The Wrestling Hot Stove: Mox, A-Double, WWE adds time, AEW adds teams – Cageside Seats

It’s not gonna be May – we’re already halfway into it! And as always, I’ve got my eyes on the comings and goings in pro wrestling.

WWE & NXT

  • Dean Ambrose is dead, Jon Moxley seems to have killed him on his way out of a prison? Many are claiming there are Easter Eggs in this video that point to Mox going to AEW, while a wilder theory is positing he’ll show up in Impact.
  • NXT’s signed two guys you probably don’t remember from The Greatest Royal Rumble: Hussein Aldgal & Faisal Kurdi. These two were involved in what became a slightly controversial segment — though nothing in comparison to WWE’s continued work in Saudi Arabia.

  • WWE has yet to release former IC champ Luke Harper, fka Brodie Lee, who publicly announced his request for a release. Instead, they’ve reportedly nixed a feud set for Harper and Sami Zayn, and tacked another six months onto the independent contractor’s contract, to make up for the time he spent on the injury list.
  • Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder reportedly turned down a massive contract re-up, and that report was followed by rumblings of Wilder’s contract being extended per the amount of time he spent injured. Then, in a likely completely unrelated segment, the pair got Ucey Hot slathered on their nether regions.
  • Sasha Banks has still yet to be seen (outside of social media) following reports she wants out of WWE.

AEW

  • Angelico and Jack Evans — who gained a bit of fame during their time on Lucha Underground — are All Elite, which was announced via a slick video that the former (who’s recently been seen in European wrestling promotions such as Progress and Fight Club Pro) tweeted:
  • Dustin Rhodes: one day after my last edition of this report came out, it was revealed that the former Goldust is joining his younger brother Cody in AEW. The two are set for a grudge match at Double or Nothing on May 25, and a promo from Cody, via The Road to Double or Nothing YouTube series, has me more than ready to pay to watch:

  • AEW’s signed “Coach” Jerry Lynn.
  • AEW’s also signed veteran ref Rick Knox, known for his time in PWG, Bar Wrestling and Lucha Underground.
  • NYC indie promotion House of Glory’s got a pair of its students — Marq Quen and Isiah Kassidy, the tag team known as Private Partycoming to AEW, as revealed during a segment in this BTE episode. EVP Matt Jackson claimed that he and his brother Nick made the call here:
  • Leva Bates and Peter Avalon are the dual Librarians in AEW, per this BTE episode. What that means, we’ll find out.

Evolve

  • I didn’t note this last time, but Brandi Lauren, fka Ava Storie, became the only woman signed to EVOLVE, which is slowly trying to start a women’s division. Lauren wrestled as Storie in Impact.
  • Shotzi Blackheart is consistently appearing at Evolve shows, but hasn’t been publicly signed yet.

MLW

  • Major League Wrestling announced its signing of Austin Aries, who is “coming soon.” In his last appearance at a semi-major promotion, the outspoken vegan wrestler (and former WWE Cruiserweight champ) was flipping birds at everyone at Impact Wrestling, after breaking kayfabe by no-selling the finish of the main event at Bound For Glory in 2018.

Ring of Honor

  • So, Enzo and Cass are out? The pair hasn’t worked with the company since their first appearance at G1 Supercard, and Large Dave Meltzer said the duo isn’t a part of the future plans of the company, claiming the former WWE talents spent much more time brawling at the Madison Square Garden show than they were supposed to. NJPW-and-ROH tag champ Tama Tonga released a video wherein the Bullet Club member called Enzo and Cass a “fucking cancer,” a “real fuckin’ idiot,” and implied that both he, and the ROH roster as a whole, vetoed the decision to let Enzo and Cass into the company.
  • ROH signed the Maryland Championship Wrestling tag champs Songs of Savagery.
  • Also, in early April, reports popped up that ROH wanted to sign Maria Manic, though that hasn’t come to a deal yet.

Impact

  • Michael Elgin (seemingly done with NJPW) has now signed with Impact, and debuted at the last Impact PPV, Rebellion, which cost $40 as an iPPV.
  • Rich Swann signed a new 2-year deal with Impact, where he has recently been defending the X-Division championship against fellow ex-WWE wrestler Sami Callihan.
  • Eli Drake is out of Impact, leaving on a less than positive note, as a series of tweets from the wrestler suggest he refuses to work intergender wrestling matches, because “nobody is suspending their disbelief,” for that. It is believed that he refused to work with Tessa Blanchard, one of the top talents in that company, who tweeted that she or any of Impact’s Knockouts (or as she shortened it “KOs”) “could kick Eli’s ass!”

The stove stays hot these days, so stick with Cageside Seats for further talent movement. We’ll see you back here hopefully sooner rather than later with report #6!

Fresh faces on stage at the TV industrys upfronts this week – CNN

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Game of Thrones’ Cleganebowl — the Mountain vs. the Hound — explained – Vox.com

For years, many Game of Thrones fans have been clamoring to see Sandor Clegane, a.k.a. the Hound, and his brother Gregor Clegane, a.k.a. the Mountain, battle it out in an epic matchup dubbed the “Cleganebowl.” The two are reputedly the best fighters in all of Westeros, and ever since the sadistic Mountain gave his sibling some nasty facial scarring in their childhood, the Hound has thirsted for revenge.

Season eight’s fifth episode, “The Bells,” finally gave fans the long-anticipated standoff, as the Hound sought out the Mountain while King’s Landing fell. And the resulting fight was indeed epic — while somehow also fitting neatly within the episode’s larger themes of the horrors of war, fire, and social and cultural collapse.

Want to know who — if anyone — won? Read on! But, of course, spoilers follow.

The idea for a final showdown between the Hound and the Mountain is built into Game of Thrones’ narrative — and in the end, the Hound got his due

The Mountain and the Hound have always been at odds. Even as a child, Gregor Clegane was a sadistic individual. Littlefinger tells Sansa in season one’s fourth episode, “Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things,” that when they were children, the Mountain held a terrified Hound’s face to a burning hearthfire, leaving him with permanent facial scarring and a fear of fire.

We also learned in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels, upon which Game of Thrones is based, that Gregor probably didn’t limit his violence just to his little brother Sandor; the first novel, A Game of Thrones, implies that he not only tortured Sandor, but may have also killed their sister and father in order to more quickly obtain his title to the family lands. Sandor fled their family home the day Gregor came into his inheritance, and has spent most of his life since waiting for the perfect moment to finally exact revenge.

Where the Hound and the Mountain were once both fierce fighters, however, they were both feebler versions of themselves heading into episode five. The Hound still wasn’t at 100 percent after a battle that left him nearly dead four seasons ago. And the Mountain was, uh, some sort of zombie. Plus, despite what the Hound has always said — as recently as season seven, he told his zombified brother that “you know who’s coming for you;” i.e., him — it was uncertain whether he even still wanted revenge.

But following his moment’s hesitation in the Battle of Winterfell, the Hound’s purpose seemed clear as he rode with Arya Stark down to King’s Landing — she to pursue her revenge against Cersei, and he to finally confront the Mountain. And after a touching final moment between the Hound and Arya during which he persuaded her to leave for her own safety, the Hound managed to get the face-off against the Mountain he’d always wanted.


Rory McCann’s last stand as The Hound.
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The result? A beautifully filmed sequence in which the two brothers fought amid collapsing towers and turrets, both evenly matched. After delivering what would normally have been the final blows several times over, Sandor realized that the zombie version of his brother was unkillable by any means other than fire — which just so happens to be the thing Sandor fears most.

So the Hound did the most Hound-like thing possible: He grabbed danger by the fistfulls and hurled himself and the Mountain off the castle edge into dragon-lit flames far below, taking out his sibling once and for all, and dying himself in what was arguably the “best,” most heroic death of Game of Thrones so far. RIP, Sandor Clegane: May many chickens await you in the afterlife.

Thus, the Cleganebowl was complete; and while there were no clear victors, in a way, everyone won.

Cleganebowl has always been about two things: vengeance and memes



Get HYPE!
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Over the years, the Cleganebowl has become one of the Game of Thrones fandom’s longest-running memes, with fans frequently yelling “get hype!” as they awaited what they hoped would be a truly knock-down, dragout battle between two formidable opponents. (Think something like the raging combat between Hound and Ser Brienne in the finale of season four, “The Children.”)

According to the venerable Know Your Meme, the idea for the Cleganebowl first appeared in a 4chan thread in 2013, just before Game of Thrones’ third season debuted. An anonymous fan speculated that the season might involve the Hound and the Mountain facing off against one another in a trial by combat, in which they would each show off their mighty fighting skills in a battle to end all battles.

Initially, the proposed fight was part of a whole theory that the Hound was the “little brother” who was prophesied to kill Cersei. Over the years, however, that theory began to seem less and less likely, and the idea of the Cleganebowl expanded to be about any potential fight between the Mountain and the Hound. A Cleganebowl subreddit was even created in 2014, and has been a trusty source of memes and discussion devoted to the fight ever since.

A huge part of the fun of the Cleganebowl, beyond the quirky humor of treating a medieval fantasy event like a modern-day sporting match, has been simply anticipating it. This fan video released just hours before “The Bells” aired is a fitting example:

It also involves a lot of chickens, because the Hound really loves chicken.

The Hound is one of Game of Thrones’ most popular characters, and the popularity of the Cleganebowl comes from both the fandom’s love for him (and for actor Rory McCann) and the desire to see him finally have his revenge on the Mountain for what sounds like a childhood full of abuse.

But it’s unique in that most plot threads on Game of Thrones — like who should ultimately sit on the Iron Throne — are hugely divisive, while the Cleganebowl meme points to one of the few things most fans can agree on, which is that it’d be awesome to watch an intense fight between two Westerosi titans.

The Cleganebowl doesn’t really fit who the Hound is these days — but it was still a triumphant end for his character on the show


The Hound protecting his smol daughter til the end. Our hearts.
HBO

Over eight seasons of Game of Thrones, the Hound has had a slow but meaningful redemption arc, as he’s transitioned from being a violent thug for kings, to a hardened loner who’s lost his taste for fighting, to a man who’s slowly reinvented himself through community work and fighting with Jon Snow in the North — making an effort to create mostly positive change after a lifetime of wreaking mostly destruction.

Where the Hound was once the epitome of alpha male masculinity, he’s gradually softened over time: He developed a fondness for the Stark sisters, Arya in particular, and has steadily processed closely held guilt over his earlier violence and selfish actions. The Battle of Winterfell actually saw him cower for a moment, overwhelmed both by his lifelong fear of fire and the reality of just how vast the Army of the Dead actually was. He is no longer the Hound we met in season one, nor should he be.

On Twitter, book editor Angelina Meehan recently posted a long reflective thread on the Hound’s character arc, and though it’s drawn primarily from his role in Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire books, it holds true for his character trajectory on the show as well. Meehan argues that his character is a study in how damaging toxic masculinity can be for men like the Hound who are immersed in it and forced to wield it; it ultimately leaves him devastated, weakened, and frankly pathetic, before he steadily builds himself up again as an entirely different kind of man. “The Hound is Dead,” she writes, referencing a metaphor from the books in which the Hound tries to disguise himself as a different man, “is clearly a metaphor for the violent side of his personality being relinquished. [T]hat is over.”

Except that on the show, it clearly wasn’t over.

For Sandor Clegane — a man who gradually rejected the idea of ultraviolence as a way of life — to choose to trek back to King’s Landing purely to seek revenge on his zombified brother at long last, might arguably be a step backward in his narrative trajectory. Sure, it offers some potential catharsis, and it definitely ticks an item off the Game of Thrones fanservice bucket list. But is it true to the character?

In the end, that might not have even mattered. The Hound who fought the Mountain in “The Bells” was the character fans first fell in love with, and that’s who they wanted to see go out with a bang — or, in this case, a plunge. And those fans got their wish.

They also got to see the Mountain without his head thingy! Look how gross he is!


It’s slightly less ‘ew’ than that time Darth Vader took off his helmet!
HBO

So, sure: This was a Cleganebowl started on questionable grounds, with the brothers both deciding that the moment when the city was literally collapsing was the perfect time to fight each other to the death. But if you’re going to sloppily shoehorn in a fanservice-y battle that many fans have been wanting for years, there are far worse ways this particular matchup could have turned out.

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New Middle East Proxy War Could Jolt Oil Prices | OilPrice.com – OilPrice.com

U.S. sanctions on Iran are now really starting to bite. In contrast to what European media portray, Iran’s oil and gas exports are plunging. Tehran’s ability to supply its Asian customer base has been largely blocked, as Washington has decided not to extend the waivers given to China, India or others to keep on signing crude contracts.

U.S. president Trump still boasts that Iranian exports will be falling to zero, but some tankers are still going to slip through the cracks. ‘Illegal’ crude oil trade will be almost negligible, however, as Iran’s main customers have realized that Washington’s wrath will be real. The mullah regime in Iran also put its trust in a possible European answer, but European companies have chosen to be very cautious, and not to rely on the EU to mitigate potential U.S. sanctions against their operations. The more robust line taken by Washington, supported by Arab allies, seems to be working, as long as analysts are keeping an eye on Iranian oil sector options.

Oil analysts are also not yet worried by the negative impact of the sanctions as the global markets are still reasonably well supplied. This picture, however, could be changing extremely quick, if several underestimated factors begin to play out.

In contrast to the overall reporting, in which a direct Iran-U.S. confrontation seems to be in the making, reality shows that a surprising risk lies in Iraq. Analysts are focusing on the Arab/Persian Gulf, due to the announcement made by Washington that a significant U.S. naval force is steaming up to the region, partly to project U.S. military power and to counter a possible Iranian move to block the Strait of Hormuz. But the real conflict could play out in Iraq.

Washington admitted that it has been warned of possible attacks by Iraqi militias or IRGC proxy groups in Iraq on U.S. forces. The latter, as indicated by Tehran officials, would not only be in Iraq but potentially in the whole region. This proxy-war approach by Tehran has been expected for a long time, as Iran understands that a full-blown military confrontation with the U.S., and potentially its Arab allies, would not end well for the mullahs. Even if the conflict would be costly for both sides, the outcome is clear. Related: High-Cost Oil Faces Existential Risk

This strategy, as already has been employed by Iran’s IRGC troops in Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and parts of Iraq, would however be much harder to quell. Not only would the U.S. be forced to spread its forces, but low-level intensive military operations in mainly civilian areas would also constrain a U.S. response. It would also be very hard for Washington to compel European allies and the international community to form a united front against Iran.

Several analysts have already suggested that the first possible battleground of this looming conflict will be in Iraq. U.S. Central Command spokesman Urban reiterated previously that “the USCC has seen preparations by Iran and its proxies to attack U.S. forces in the region”.  U.S. forces based in Iraq are the easiest to attack. Iraqi Shi’a militias are spread over the whole country, and more often than not are operating under the flag of the Iraqi government.

Taking into account the presence of hardline fundamentalist groups in the area, Tehran can mount a strong force without officially taking part in attacks against the U.S. The same could be done in Syria or Yemen, targeting U.S forces and its allies in the area. By using Hezbollah or Hamas, Tehran would even be able to instigate a full-scale regional war, forcing Israel to take part in the conflict. Related: China Set To Miss Shale Gas Production Target By A Mile

Proxy wars in several countries in the Middle East could have a detrimental effect on global oil and gas markets. Any disruption to oil and gas flows cannot be countered by increased OPEC output or even U.S. shale oil. The market may seem well supplied, and inventories are still at relatively high levels, but this reality could soon change.

Until now, the market is behaving like an ostrich. By putting its head under the surface, and convincing itself that there is enough crude supply, or that ‘turning on the taps could rapidly add the missing barrels. The looming war in the Persian Gulf is only assessed on the merits of a US military invasion of Iran, which is unlikely to happen.

If the Iranian regime realizes it is heading for the brink, its proxies will do its bidding. On the global oil market, volumes are no longer the only factor of importance. It is quality and crude grades. These two factors are not being recognized, and it seems that traders and analysts believe Trump’s version of reality at present. OPEC’s spare production capacity is not sufficient, as Iran and Venezuelan heavy crudes are in short supply.

The U.S. is not able to substitute any of this in the short-to-mid-term. When the market hits the brick wall at the end of this year, this quality problem, in combination with increased instability in the Middle East, will not only create a nightmare scenario for consumers but could also push crude oil above the current $70-85 per barrel range. Proxy wars and sanctions could create the perfect storm for oil. A possible spike to $90 seems within reach.

By Cyril Widdershoven for Oilprice.com

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EV Drivers — Who Are You? Why Are You? Whats Next? – CleanTechnica

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Published on May 12th, 2019 |
by Zachary Shahan

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Since 2016, CleanTechnica has published annual reports on electric vehicle drivers, which electric vehicles (EVs) they drive, what they expect to buy or lease next, their charging experiences, what features they want in a vehicle, and more. We also ask related questions to non-EV drivers. This is fascinating stuff and we share the results with the CleanTechnica community after the full analysis is completed.

It’s time for another round of survey collection. With so many more people driving electric this year, I’m particularly excited to see the results and see how they’ve changed over time. I imagine many of you are curious, too.

If you drive an electric car (or more than one), we’d highly appreciate it if you could complete one or more of the following surveys (grouped by country):

USA

For Tesla drivers.

For plug-in hybrid drivers.

For non-Tesla 100% electric drivers.

For people who don’t yet drive an EV.

France

For Tesla drivers.

For plug-in hybrid drivers.

For non-Tesla 100% electric drivers.

For people who don’t yet drive an EV.

Germany

For Tesla drivers.

For plug-in hybrid drivers.

For non-Tesla 100% electric drivers.

For people who don’t yet drive an EV.

Netherlands

For Tesla drivers.

For plug-in hybrid drivers.

For non-Tesla 100% electric drivers.

For people who don’t yet drive an EV.

Norway

For Tesla drivers.

For plug-in hybrid drivers.

For non-Tesla 100% electric drivers.

For people who don’t yet drive an EV.

UK & European countries not listed above

For Tesla drivers.

For plug-in hybrid drivers.

For non-Tesla 100% electric drivers.

For people who don’t yet drive an EV.

Also, share with friends!

Each of the last two years, more than 2,000 EV drivers in nearly 30 countries completed our surveys (which are rather extensive). That has helped to bring much more EV market awareness to the world. This year, we are planning to raise the number of entries quite a bit and we will be getting broader data.

We have two major corporate sponsors this year — EV battery giant CATL and EV charging leader Volta — which enables us to do a broad, random-sample, professionally conducted survey in the US to compare with our own EV driver surveys. Having these sponsors also enables us to collect more significant data from a handful of European countries — the Netherlands, Norway, France, Germany, and the UK. It will be quite fascinating to do thorough comparisons of EV drivers across these different countries.

As a special thanks to anyone who completes our surveys, you can receive the full report for free once it is written — simply send us a note once completing the survey.

If you are new to CleanTechnica or haven’t read every single article we’ve published in the past 6 months, you can stroll through the archives for our 2018 EV driver report to explore previous findings. (Though, if you are completing the 2019 survey, I have to request that you complete the survey first. 😀 )

You can read the executive summary below to kick off that reading.

The electric transport industry is one of the hottest industries in the world. Billions of dollars are pouring into electric vehicle production plans, electric vehicle startups, battery suppliers, charging station leaders, and more. Some of the largest industries in the world are at the beginning of what appears to be a dramatic, fast shift toward fundamentally different automobiles, buses, boats, and planes (eventually).

In terms of electric cars, consumer choice is growing every month, driving range is improving each year, and we’re beginning to see some genuinely mass-market models. But various questions remain. What do electric car drivers and potential buyers desire, require, and go to bed dreaming about? For the third year in a row, we’ve dug into these matters in one of the most comprehensive EV driver investigations on the planet.

In early 2018, we surveyed over 2,000 electric car drivers living in 25 countries (including 42 of 50 US states, 20 European countries, 5 Canadian provinces, Costa Rica, and Australia) as well as over 1,000 potential electric car buyers in 37 countries (including 38 of 50 US states, 30 European countries, 6 Canadian provinces, Mexico, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Panama). We wanted to find out what early electric car adopters require and desire from their next electric cars and from EV charging networks. We also wanted to find out what EV life has been like for them so far. Furthermore, we wanted to compare their interests, desires, and demands to the interests, desires, and demands of potential EV buyers.

The report segments responses by region (North America vs Europe) and according to three distinct electric vehicle groups — Tesla drivers, pure-electric but non-Tesla drivers, and drivers of plug-in hybrids. This segmentation unveils clear differences on many topics, which is sensible when you consider the vast variation in user experience for each type of EV and for the two regions.

Report lead designer Kamil Grzywacz of Grinspire/Leonart Agency

Range & Batteries

One of the most fascinating topics to explore is the consumer approach to range (which is largely about battery size). According to our surveys:

• The vast majority of Tesla drivers in both North America (86%) and Europe (72%) expect their next electric car to have over 250 miles (400 km) of range. For other groups, this >250 mile segment was almost always the segment getting the most support, but the expectation of such high range was not as dramatic.

• Non-Tesla drivers of fully electric cars also picked this option more frequently in North America (43%) but not Europe (where 24% chose >250 miles but 25% chose 191–220 miles).

• Plug-in hybrid drivers also strongly expected to get a fully electric car with >250 miles of range in North America (51%) but were less concerned about that much range in Europe (43%).

• As far as non-EV drivers, 39% of North Americans reported that they require over 250 miles of range in a fully electric car while 33.5% of Europeans reported the same.

The summary statistics on this topic don’t do the nuance justice, though, so jump into the range chapter of the report for more details on this matter.

Autonomy

Autonomous driving capability is all the hype, but how much do electric car consumers actually want or require such features? According to our surveys, there’s a sizable difference again between what Tesla drivers want/expect and what other EV drivers and potential EV buyers want/expect. When asked about which specific features were either required or potentially required in order for the respondent to choose one EV model instead of some other EV model, this is how the responses broke down:

• Tesla drivers in North America — 54%

• Tesla drivers in Europe — 54%

• Non-Tesla pure-EV drivers in North America — 26%

• Non-Tesla pure-EV drivers in Europe — 32%

• Plug-in hybrid drivers in North America — 32%

• Plug-in hybrid drivers in Europe — 15%

• Non-EV drivers in North America — 30%

• Non-EV drivers in Europe — 33%

When we dove into specific semi-autonomous driving features in more detail, we found the most interest (by far) in autonomous cruise control, with the clear #2 desire being autosteer, and then there was less but still notable interest in auto parking features.

Solar & Energy Efficiency

Electric cars and solar power seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. Unsurprisingly, relative to the broader market, a very high percentage of electric car drivers who also have solar panels on their roofs. According to our surveys, this is how solar power ownership broke down by segment:

• Tesla drivers in North America — 31%

• Tesla drivers in Europe — 24%

• Non-Tesla pure-EV drivers in North America — 28%

• Non-Tesla pure-EV drivers in Europe — 32%

• Plug-in hybrid drivers in North America — 21%

• Plug-in hybrid drivers in Europe — 24%

• Non-EV drivers in North America — 13%

• Non-EV drivers in Europe — 21%

On the topic of energy efficiency — while driving and also at home — many respondents indicated that having an electric car made them use energy more efficiently or conservatively. This is an important and seldom studied or discussed benefit of electric cars. Not only are electric car drivetrains much more efficient than gasoline or diesel car drivetrains, but electric cars also encourage their owners to think about their energy use and conserve a great deal of energy throughout their day. Basically, we’re seeing the opposite of Jevon’s paradox here.

EV Models

Respondents to our surveys broke out in a similar way as the overall electric car market both when it comes to electric cars they were driving already and their expected next cars.

That means a lot of Nissan LEAFs, Tesla Model S’s, Chevy Bolts, Chevy Volts, and Renault Zoes. It also means decent numbers of the BMW i3, Tesla Model X, and Tesla Model 3 (in North America).

Of course, aside from continued interest in those models, a ton of people expect their next/first EV to be the Tesla Model 3. A large number also chimed in that they were waiting for the Tesla Model Y. Another model that got notable interest in Europe, interestingly, was the Hyundai Kona EV. We hope Hyundai is preparing to serve all of that demand! Some other models had a bit of consumer demand as well.

Notably, a fairly higher percentage of respondents didn’t know yet which model they’d buy next.

Charging

The most significant shift on the consumer side of the equation in this transition to electric transport is that drivers charge their cars rather than filling them up with liquid fuel. This comes with much greater convenience most of the time — thanks to home and workplace charging — but also presents some challenges for long-distance travel and for households that don’t have home or workplace charging.

According to our surveys, EV drivers don’t find public EV charging super convenient or reliable, but they also seldom rely on it since the vast majority of drivers have home charging. As more consumers enter the EV market, convenient and reliable public charging should become much more important. We will see next year how this topic evolves.

Benefits

It’s all about the benefits, baby! Electric cars offer many benefits. Our report delves into early electric car driver and potential driver views on these benefits. One of the most interesting findings is the variety of reasons people were inspired to go electric. However, the one that clearly stands out above all others at this point is the environmental benefit.

Otherwise, certain electric vehicle benefits that were important to respondents varied by the type of electric car they had. Tesla drivers were particularly inspired by the new tech of EVs and by their instant torque. Interestingly, despite the upfront price of a Tesla, those drivers were also enticed by financial savings. However, in North America, non-Tesla pure-EV drivers and PHEV drivers were much more enticed by financial savings. In contrast, this benefit wasn’t such a strong attraction for any of the EV segments in Europe.

Vehicle Class

One of the least talked about matters in the electric car market is the lack of consumer choice. Electric cars are not represented in every class, and there’s actually a dearth of options in some of the most popular classes. In particular, there’s a large amount of demand for electric vehicles that fall into the SUV, CUV, and full-size car classes, but there are only a few options on the market in each of those classes, especially in the more affordable segments.

As a bit of a surprise, the segment most interested in an electric pickup truck was the North American Tesla driver segment. Interest in that vehicle class was followed by North American non-Tesla pure-EV drivers and North American plug-in hybrid drivers, respectively. There was almost no interest in an electric pickup truck in Europe.

Special Features

Various special feature are a big deal to specific consumers, while others don’t care about them at all. Looking at over a dozen options in aggregate, what we found is that consumers heavily desire autonomous cruise control, over-the-air software updates, superfast charging, fast charging, the ability to preheat or pre-cool the car using a smartphone app, and the ability to check charging status on a smartphone app.

There’s also strong consumer demand for a handful of other features, and there’s again significant variation in preferences depending on region and depending on which type of EV respondents had.

Demographics

Who are these early electric car enthusiasts? As you may have heard before, they’re well above the average when it comes to income. That said, there’s significant variation across the eight segments, and one of the segments is extremely balanced across the income levels.

The respondents were overwhelmingly male, but they were closely split between those who had kids living in their homes and those who didn’t.

In North America, approximately half of respondents lived in cities with a population of 500,000 or more. In Europe, however, the vast majority lived in municipalities with fewer than 500,000 residents. In particular, North American respondents were much more likely to live in cities of 1 million or more. 
 





 

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