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Tesla’s Direct Sales Model An “Inspiration” For Big Auto, Consumer Reports Reports

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."


Former Tesla Employees Launch 1st Used Electric Car Retailer

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


Absurd Tesla Obstructionism In Numerous US States

November 8th, 2018 | 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."


Test Driving A Chevy Bolt In Florida (… Or Not)

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


Tesla’s Moats — Tesla Can Do What Other Car Companies Only Dream About, And Why

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


EVEN Electric + Microsoft Sweden Team Up To Sell Electric Cars

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


Texas Won’t Let You Buy Patriotic Tesla Model 3 — Crony Capitalism Beats Energy Independence?

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


Selling Electric Cars Sort Of Important To … Selling Electric Cars

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


Chevy Bolt Pricing Changes With The Wind

March 22nd, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

The Chevy Bolt is now available in 7 states. If you want one, it may pay big dividends to shop around. In a pattern that is typical for clueless franchise dealers, some are offering steep discounts on the cars while others are tacking on equally steep dealer markups


New Indiana House Bill Would Impede Tesla’s Direct Sales Model

February 1st, 2017 | by James Ayre

Following unsuccessful attempts last year to limit Tesla's ability to sell directly to customers in the state, pro-dealership forces in Indiana have already begun this year's anti-Tesla efforts. ... The newly proposed House Bill 1592 (authored by Representative Edmond Soliday) would effectively stop Tesla from selling within the state by 2019 (based on a couple of somewhat flexible assumptions)


Tesla Gains Ground In Connecticut

January 5th, 2017 | by James Ayre

In a minor victory for the company in its ongoing conflict with the various car dealership associations of the US, Tesla has maintained its right to open a new gallery showroom on Greenwich Avenue (Greenwich) in Connecticut


Wyoming Bill Would Allow Auto Manufacturers To Sell Directly To Customers

January 5th, 2017 | by James Ayre

You won't find many people in the US who have anything good to say about car dealerships (unless they or one of their family members work for one). There's the general feeling of being ripped off, the intentional obfuscation, and reneging on "promises" by the salesperson. There's the often slow and non-transparent shipping and delivery process, etc


Tesla Loses Ability To Sell Cars In Missouri … Then Regains It

January 4th, 2017 | by James Ayre

The ongoing battle between Tesla Motors and various auto dealership associations throughout the country grinds on ... with Tesla apparently losing the ability to sell directly to consumers in Missouri (following the decisions by a local judge to deny Tesla's request to temporarily halt his earlier judgment while the case is appealed). However, Tesla was then quickly granted its motion to stay (or temporarily halt) the lower court's judgment by the Missouri Court of Appeals



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