Posted November 13, 2019 12:05:54There is something special about shopping for a holiday in a car, especially if you live in a suburb or town that is full of stores that cater to shoppers looking for an unusual selection of products.
This has led to a lot of attention being paid to the “amazon car” phenomenon.
Amazon, of course, has a massive retail presence in many of the US’s largest cities, and is often cited as a reason for the car’s popularity.
But what about its drivers?
The average American is far more likely to buy an electric car than an old-fashioned manual.
But the trend is also becoming apparent in cities that are struggling with a lack of parking space and other infrastructure for car-sharing, a trend that’s been driven by a surge in popularity for these vehicles.
Some car-share services like Zipcar have taken the lead, with over a million cars on the road.
Others, like Uber, Lyft and other competitors, are following suit, offering cheaper and more convenient car-hailing services that also cater to people looking for a more efficient way to get around.
What’s driving the shift towards electric cars?
For starters, there is a lot at stake.
The average American spends more on groceries each year than a year ago, and a third of all trips in America are made by cars.
And a quarter of all car trips take place in urban areas.
This trend is set to continue, with car-buying now a major part of Americans’ spending.
And with the demand for electric vehicles outpacing supply, car-related companies are now looking to capitalize on this opportunity.
So how is Amazon doing it?
To get an idea of how this all plays out, I asked Amazon about a few things, including how it views its drivers and its relationship with them.
It’s the Amazon equivalent of buying a car: we’re not looking for the best value option for the money.
We are buying a vehicle that meets our needs and our lifestyle.
We are looking for great value for money and great performance, said the company’s chief product officer, Mike Eisenberg, when I asked about its approach to driving.
For example, Eisenberg said that Amazon considers the vehicle’s price, mileage, and range to be important, and that the company has also offered a number of incentives to drivers in the past.
(You can read about all of those incentives in a separate article.)
For drivers, the biggest factor is whether the car fits into their lifestyle.
If the vehicle fits within their lifestyle, then it’s likely to be the one that they’ll choose, he said.
For example, Amazon doesn’t consider electric cars to be “must-haves” for most shoppers, but it does allow customers to buy certain features such as a navigation system, heated seats and an automatic parking brake.
“We look at what our customers want, and how that’s being achieved,” Eisenberg told me.
“It’s all about giving customers what they want, whether that’s in terms of the features they want.”
It’s a business model that seems to be working, though it’s not without its challenges.
While electric cars are cheaper to buy, the company said that the price of its gasoline-powered vehicles is now higher than it was last year, and the price is set for the next 10 years.
That price point, combined with the increased fuel efficiency, means that electric cars could become more competitive, but this will take time, as consumers will have to get used to the new vehicle’s high cost of ownership.
And it’s unlikely that the cost of buying an electric vehicle will ever completely offset the cost it puts into maintaining it.
In fact, according to a report by Edmunds, the average cost of an electric-powered vehicle is over $70,000.
The best option, Eisenb told me, is to buy the best vehicle for the most money and use it as your primary transportation for the day, then move on to another car when you need to get to work or school.
In the end, though, the only thing we have to worry about is how we use our cars.
The car-rental business is also starting to make a comeback.
While a third-party website now charges a percentage of the rent it gets for a car-canceling service, most car-parking services are now owned and operated by independent companies.
In 2017, the number of people renting out cars doubled, and car-pooling services have increased significantly as well.
That trend is expected to continue.