Thought of the Day: Game-Changers (Nikki, March 13, 2014)

Nikki responds to Mark’s thoughts from yesterday on EV controversy and talks about Game-Changing cars.

Unlike our other shows, Thought of the Day is our chance to muse on one big story in the news each day, using it as a spring board to explore other topics, sometimes even outside of the Transport Evolved universe. Every weekday, Nikki and Mark will take it in turns to explore a story that catches our eye, developing a back and forth conversation between Transport Evolved’s two regular hosts.

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  • Dennis Pascual

    As for multiple outlets on EVs to charge in. It could be an optional feature (much the same way Tesla lets buyers configure their vehicle, the option could be provided that allows for an outlet in multiple parts of the car.nnnBMW is also allowing its consumers the opportunity to order and customize their own cars, that would also be a where I would pay to have the option to do this.nnnAs for GM backing the dealers in Ohio. I have to agree with you, their actual verbiage as reported was that Tesla IS a manufacturer and should be subject to the same regulations. This is NOT necessarily a “backstab” of Tesla, it’s aligning Tesla with GM. Ergo if Tesla will be allowed to sell direct to the consumer in Ohio, GM should be allowed to do the same.

    • vdiv

      Except that is not the position of neither GM nor the dealerships. The dealerships have no incentive to sell EVs even as dedicated Tesla EV franchisees as they cannot make money servicing them. GM cannot compete fair and square with Tesla which makes them look bad and mocks their electrification efforts so GM appointed a committee to study Tesla. The letter communicates GM’s strategy to respond to Tesla and it is not in the marketplace selling competitive EVs, it is in the annals of bureaucracy and red tape where GM has the leading edge.nnnnWarm and fuzzy.

      • Dennis Pascual

        I would argue that the issue is not “fair and square” but outdated laws that need to be updated. Dealerships are no longer the mom and pop, community based entities that they once were. My “local” BMW dealership in Long Beach, for example is part of Sonic Automotive (” a Fortune 500 company and member of the Russell 2000 Index, is among the largest automotive retailers in the United States.” [quote directly from their website]), They further describe themselves as “Sonic Automotive operates over 100 dealerships spread across 14 states and 25 major metropolitan markets. We represent approximately 25 different automotive brands with the majority of our dealerships being luxury and import brands.”nnnSo, it is a matter of each state to update its obsolete laws that currently threaten our freedom to choose the channels with which to purchase our automobiles.nnnI am infuriated that states such as NJ and OH have been on the path to ban a direct to consumer sales model for vehicles and hope that its citizenry can rise up and defeat such efforts. As Google and Apple have learned as they became more and more powerful, Tesla must understand that it too needs to start spending some lobbying and political dollars. It’s the cost of being a company that does business in the USA.

  • lad76

    Game changer: the 2014 i3 because it’s all Carbon Fiber and weighs 2700 lbs with the batteries included; has about the same size battery as the Nissan Leaf; weights 600 lbs less. However, the 2014 Nissan Leaf is a game changer because of the lower price which is lower than $18,000 after U.S. and state incentives. The VW UP is a game changer because VW is actually offering an EV for sale instead of PR.