NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Even though an incredible amount of hype surrounds a potential electric vehicle from Apple (AAPL - Get Report) , readers at TheStreet favor Tesla's (TSLA - Get Report) Model S by a 3-to-1 margin.
In our recent poll, two-thirds, or 1,095 of the more than 1,600 people surveyed, said they would rather own the Tesla Model S. In 2014, Tesla built 35,000 Model S vehicles, and the company is planning on spending a "staggering" amount in 2015, according to CEO Elon Musk, as it continues to ramp up production and other expenses to take electric vehicles to the mass market.
Musk and his team announced recently that Tesla would spend $1.5 billion in 2015, a level Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas said he was OK with.
"Given the opportunity Tesla has to burrow into an auto industry ripe for change, we are comfortable with the firm's spending ambitions," Jonas wrote in a research note. "The proof will come in Tesla's ability to continue to bring to market innovative vehicles that bring a customer and technological experience unlike any other vehicles on sale by rival auto firms."
Even though the Model S, which has been out since 2012 and has won numerous car of the year awards, outshone the potential Apple car, there was still immense interest in a vehicle made by the world's largest company.
Twenty-two percent of respondents (359 people) said they would rather own an Apple-branded car over a Model S or another electric vehicle.
Apple, much like Tesla is currently doing, is likely to go after the high end of the electric vehicle market should its plans for the vehicle come to fruition. At this time, Apple has not confirmed it is making a car, and its reported project, which goes under the code name "Titan" (according to The Wall Street Journal), is still said to be exploratory.
Just 3% of the survey respondents (55 people) said they would be interested in owning General Motors' (GM - Get Report) Chevrolet Bolt, which is slated to be released in 2017 or 2018, as competition to Tesla's upcoming mass-market car, the Model 3. Chevrolet already makes a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the Chevy Volt, which has an electric range of 38 miles and a gasoline-powered range extender.
Rounding out the survey were 7% of respondents who said they would not want to own any of the electric vehicles mentioned in the poll.
-- Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York
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