The coronavirus outbreak is prompting many Americans to forgo gatherings and non-essential activities, which is expected to lead to a drop in sales for ride-hailing and scooter companies. But, through February, sales data shows, it was largely business as usual.
Tesla opened up Model 3 ordering to its entire waitlist. A spike in configuration payments followed, though three-quarters of the waitlist have yet to order.
Sales at the scooter company are 26 times greater than in October. And spending at competitor Lime is also on a roll.
At Tesla, Model 3 refunds have been on the rise. Among customers who made a deposit, 8 percent purchased a Tesla, while 23 percent received a refund.
Autonomous vehicles will shake up the landscape of existing car services. But which are true disruptors? Buckle up as we look at where the U.S. ride-hailing and car-sharing industry stands—for now.