However, some Tesla supporters often behave like teen comics against anyone who dares to criticize a superhero no matter how justified or well-developed the criticism is. Usually called “Tesla fanboys,” these supporters will come out for everyone and something they perceive as a threat to the good name Tesla. Such as new Ford Mustang Mach-E owners.
Sergio Rodriguez is a Model X owner in 2020 who recently bought a Mach-E and started making comparison reviews and posting them online. His goal, he tells the Detroit Free Press, was never to get one camp against the other, but to give his personal opinion on both EVs in the hope that he would help others decide which one suited them better.
Jace Craft-Miller is also a new Mach-E First Edition owner who, with his new car, has posted about it online. If you think about it, none of them do anything out of the ordinary: who does not like to show off or brag about friends and strangers with the shiny something new, whether it is a cool car, a nice bike or something even more trivial, like a brand new bag, a pair of shoes or a new dog?
Common to these two is the fact that they draw the Tesla community. Boast as much as you want online, but not about one EV It̵
Rodriguez says his trials began when someone wrote about his positive Mach-E reviews on the private Facebook group Tesla Owners Worldwide. That was when the death threats began to come in, and the majority of them seemed justified only by the fact that he dared to consider another EV positively. If there’s anything that justifies a death threat.
On his social media, Rodriguez says he is not usually thin-skinned, but when you start getting private messages from people who say “I know what Tesla looks like. If I see it …, ” you begin to worry that these may not be just empty words. Both he and Craft-Miller have reported on these users, but there is something to be said for this type of bad will living in an otherwise very supportive society.
For Rodriguez, it’s a sign that he might have to throw Tesla already.
“Part of me wants to get rid of my Tesla just for not having the association,” he tells the publication. “But people comment and say disgusting things. ‘Do you let big oil buy you?’ and ‘How much do people pay you?’ If that’s what it takes to be a Tesla owner, why would I want to be part of that group? That’s not cool. ”
Had this been an isolated incident, it would hardly have registered with anyone, let alone on the news. And although it is not a widespread phenomenon (or, as Rodriguez himself says, “Not all Tesla owners are like that”), it seems to occur frequently, with renewed intensity.
According to analyst and Autoline After Hours host John McElroy, this is due to the Tesla fanatics’ belief that “They are on a messianic mission to save the planet: everyone who is not with them is against them.” Others believe it is good, old-fashioned auto-rivalry brought into the age of the internet and because of that made thousands of times worse. It’s a sign of the times, if you will, with the only downside being that it shows that Tesla is about to get some real competition soon – if it hasn’t already.
So sorry to hear this. Scary. I hope you reported it.
– Mike Levine (@mrlevine) April 3, 2021
Give test drives to my people. My boy who has a 2018 Tesla Model S P100D drove Mach-E. Here is his review. #mache #MustangMachE #Ford pic.twitter.com/UiN8g7OviV
– Sergio Rodriguez (@LyftGyft) March 21, 2021