August 17th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor
The Tesla buying experience is unique compared to the typical car buying process offered by Big Auto. There’s no sitting down, negotiating, and sometimes not even a test drive. More on that in a minute. First, there are a few things you should know before walking into a Tesla store. For starters, it is not a dealership
August 3rd, 2019 | by Matt Pressman
Tesla has many challenges to overcome. According to David Pogue (via Yahoo Finance), "It’s amazing that Tesla even exists. Before Tesla, the most recent successful American auto startup was Chrysler, over 90 years ago. Tesla has survived the first hard part: designing beautiful, fast, high-tech electric cars that a lot of people want and love. Now come all the other hard parts ... [including] getting permission to sell them."
June 7th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor
While consumer interest and demand for electric vehicles (EVs) have grown — last year EV sales increased by 81% — automakers and dealers are still dragging their feet on EVs and pushing people to buy gas guzzlers that harm our planet and our health
April 28th, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
There's good news and bad news for EV drivers in Colorado. The legislature voted down a direct sales bill but approved one imposing fines on drivers who block EV chargers.
January 1st, 2019 | by Matt Pressman
Buying a car can be a grueling process. Keith Barry writes in Consumer Reports, "In an era of online shopping and instant gratification, the traditional way of buying a car can seem like a painful throwback. Some dealers are still doing business the old-school way: insisting buyers haggle over the price, hiding fees and charges until the last minute, and making customers wait hours to sign form after form."
January 1st, 2019 | by Matt Pressman
Salespeople in car dealerships tend to push buyers towards gas-powered cars. Electric vehicles, in contrast, typically get low priority. But two former Tesla employees are setting out to change that with a new concept for an auto retailer that, instead, is setting out to embrace electric cars
December 12th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
Good news, bad news for Tesla yesterday. China says it may soon lift the 40% tariff it imposed on cars imported from the US, and a judge in Connecticut has ruled the company is illegally selling cars at its store in Connecticut.
August 28th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan
Holy cow — have you seen the pictures?! There are thousands of cars sitting on lots across the United States — unsold
August 12th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
After 10 days with a used Nissan LEAF, I am pleased to say the car has exceeded my expectations in every way. I am now firmly committed to the electric car lifestyle.
May 27th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan
After chatting with a few satisfied new owners of the Chevy Bolt this month, I thought, perhaps it is time to try for a test drive again. Last year, I gave up exploring diverse comparisons to my much appreciated all-electric 2015 Nissan LEAF. I had a hard time finding a variety of EVs at dealerships. The only companies really offering them seemed to be BMW, Nissan, Chevy, Porsche, and Tesla. So, the test drive experience was short — I tried the Volt and the Prius Prime. There simply were not other EVs available for test drives in Sarasota, Florida
May 25th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
A new study finds the majority of car dealers in Scandinavia do a poor job of selling electric cars, even discouraging people from buying them. Are dealer incentives needed?
April 27th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor
This story is about Tesla's moats, but I don't mean to imply that Buffett would invest in Tesla. Tesla is far from the value investments of the Berkshire Hathaway portfolio. Rather, Buffett's comments are to demonstrate the importance of moats. Morningstar even has a guide called Why Moats Matter. Understanding the moats a business employs is clearly important to understanding the business and its future
November 21st, 2017 | by James Ayre
During the months of September and October 2017, Ipsos RDA deployed secret shoppers covering 11 auto brands selling electric vehicles across the 10 largest markets for electric vehicles in the US, with the intent being to determine dealer preparedness for the rapid growth of the sector
July 14th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley
Swedish entrepreneur Gisli Gislason is the CEO of EVEN Electric. He says selling cars today is based on a model developed a century ago -- a model that is inappropriate for selling electric cars. In order to promote his vision of fossil fuel free future, he is partnering with Microsoft Sweden to further develop a new a EV sales and trading platform designed exclusively for the needs of electric car buyers and sellers
May 31st, 2017 | by Steve Hanley
Tesla is prohibited by law from selling its cars directly to customers in Texas. Those who want one of the US manufacturer's high-tech electric cars can buy one online, but then have to pick it up in some other state and drive it home to the Lone Star state.
Tesla has been trying to get the Texas legislature to change the law for years without success. Now, lawmakers in Texas have once again told Tesla to go pound sand
May 20th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley
Is it true that people aren't interested in buying electric cars, as Ford CEO Mark Fields claims? EV sales are hovering around 1% of the market in the US despite all that has been written about them and significant increases in the number of electric car charging stations available. "Ah hah!" Fields and his colleagues say. "See? We told you so." Gina Coplon-Newfield, the director of electric vehicles initiative at the Sierra Club sees things differently. “When manufacturers say buyers aren’t interested in buying electric vehicles, it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy,” she says
April 30th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley
The Colorado Solar Project 2020 seeks to encourage Colorado auto dealers to add solar power systems to their dealership facilities before the federal tax credits begin dropping at the end of 2019.
April 6th, 2017 | by James Ayre
A 5-0 ruling by Utah’s Supreme Court has denied Tesla the requested right to sell its vehicles directly to consumers, according to recent reports