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Reproduced from Cox Automotive; Note: Does not include plug-in hybrids; Chart: Axios Visuals

For all the justified worries about Tesla's finances, they remain in a pretty good competitive spot in the electric vehicle market — for now.

The big picture: The chart above, via this new Cox Automotive report on the U.S. EV market, shows how the Silicon Valley company dominates the market for pure electric vehicle sales.

  • "Without Tesla, EV market share is stagnant, yet almost 100 electrified models are coming soon," the report notes.
  • Among a survey of people "considering" an EV purchase, Tesla dominates in brand awareness at 81%.

It's not the only recent data showing Tesla's strength in the EV market.

  • Bloomberg breaks down new info from the California New Car Dealers Association.
  • "Tesla registrations surged to 40,085 in the first half, giving it 4.2% market share in the biggest U.S. state by population," they report.

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Finally, a real debate

Photo: Morry Gash/AP

A more disciplined President Trump held back from the rowdy interruptions at tonight's debate in Nashville, while making some assertions so outlandish that Joe Biden chuckled and even closed his eyes.

  • A Trump campaign adviser told Axios: "He finally listened." 

The result: A real debate.

Biden to Trump: "I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life"

Former VP Joe Biden pushed back Thursday against allegations from President Trump, saying he had never profited from foreign sources. "Nothing was unethical," Biden told debate moderator Kristen Welker about his son Hunter's work in Ukraine while he was vice president.

Why it matters: Earlier on Thursday, Hunter Biden's former business partner, Tony Bobulinski, released a statement saying Joe Biden's claims that he never discussed overseas business dealings with his son were "false."

Trump claims COVID "will go away," Biden calls his response disqualifying

President Trump repeated baseless claims at the final presidential debate that the coronavirus "will go away" and that the U.S. is "rounding the turn," while Joe Biden argued that any president that has allowed 220,000 Americans to die on his watch should not be re-elected.

Why it matters: The U.S. is now averaging about 59,000 new coronavirus infections a day, and added another 73,000 cases on Thursday, according to the Covid Tracking Project. The country recorded 1,038 deaths due to the virus Thursday, the highest since late September.

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