Your accusing me of context issues? LOL. I dont think you recall where this started
You started off yakking about $160,000 cars, re read if you forgot already. No, we dont need them to pave the way. Tesla has and fair enough. If you want to "compare" a $160,000 upmarket brand, with a Kona and now call Kona also expensive, thats fine, just another moving target or "adjustment" to your arguments. A Kona EV is a standard, base, mass market model that has a price premium, to cover R+D and battery cost, as has always been the case for new products. Thats just plain basic knowledge. Its not your $160,000 upmarket model by any stretch.
Bizarre,and more time wasting
Nah, I suggest you go back and reread, and take note of the context. The $160,000 car was being compared to other $160,000 cars. YOU then came along and put forward the ground breaking revelation that they don't compare to cheaper cars, a comparison that was never made. This whole Kona vs $160,000 car comparison is your own narrative, not mine.
I'll go back to my original statement "you can't get the cheaper EVs without the expensive ones paving the way". The EV market today would not be what it is without Tesla.