Despite the fact that Tesla is still trying figure out how to mass produce a regular car, Elon Musk, in his infinite wisdom, has decided to take on the project of making a semi-truck and a Roadster. I’ll save the hot takes about the truck for someone else, but even if the Roadster actually gets made, it won’t be a…
Daniel is one of the thousands of people who plopped down a deposit for the much-hyped and lately production-troubled Tesla Model 3. Well, it looks like it’s going to be awhile before he gets one of his own and needs something cool in the meantime. What car should he buy?
BMW is finally getting serious about this electric car thing. Now it looks like the automaker has a legit Tesla Model 3 fighter coming soon, and there’s a reason why this car could spell trouble for Elon Musk.
Cars are increasingly able to drive themselves in various ways, but they’re not fully autonomous yet. And their various functions require a knowledgeable and attentive human behind the wheel. So why are so many car salespeople clueless when it comes to teaching drivers how to use those functions correctly?
After a long fought battle in Virginia, including one unfortunate video that went viral for the wrong reasons, the commissioner of the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles has allowed Tesla Motors to open a store in Richmond. The automaker can now sell cars direct through that store.
Everyone from giants like Amazon to startups like Beepi are trying to figure out ways to sell cars online. However, a recent survey suggests that most car buyers aren’t quite ready to abandon the visiting the dealership just yet.
At the core of Telsa’s business model is the fact that everyone pays the same for their cars. But now some Tesla stores may be pulling off old dealership tricks, giving discounts to hit sales quotes. And Tesla worries that could become a problem for the brand.
The biggest name in online retail is looking to get into the car business. When it comes to online shopping there is no greater juggernaut than Amazon.com. Wouldn’t it be great to buy car, just like you buy anything esle? That’s not likely to happen in the near future.
In the first 72 hours, Tesla received 276,000 pre-orders for the upcoming Model 3. Given Tesla’s limited production capacity, the demand has by far surpassed the supply. Yet not one Tesla customer ever has to worry about paying some ridiculous dealer markup.
Normally when the dealerships versus Tesla debate props up, I'm on Elon's side. But a recent Forbes article that compares buying a Chevy Volt and a Tesla is not only an unfair, it's myopic. Chevy dealers aren't anything like Tesla stores, but that doesn't mean that Chevy are doing something wrong.
It has been a long and complicated battle when it comes to Tesla sales in the Garden State. The automaker was selling cars for several years, then all of the sudden they were shut down due a violation of franchise laws. Now New Jersey lawmakers are getting closer to a full scale approval of Tesla direct sales.
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Michigan has become the latest battle ground in the Tesla direct sales vs. dealership franchise conflict. Awhile back I suggested that Tesla may benefit by changing the system from within. In a recent interview Musk hinted that in order to achieve his sales goals he may have to reconsider his position on direct sales.
While Tesla may not have the same volume sales as the Germans, they certainly have matched their competition in quality and desirability. For luxury car dealers the pre-owned market is just as important as selling new models, now Tesla stores want a part of the CPO action.
In April the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission revoked Tesla's dealership licence in the state. Currently there are two pieces of legislation due for a vote in the fall that could allow Tesla to operate. But the automaker claims that the state regulators didn't have the authority to shut down direct sales.
Tesla's deal to build its gigafactory in Reno, is a win-win scenario. Nevada gets a much needed economic boost, and Tesla gets numerous incentives including direct sales. While the dealerships were not keen on the idea at first, they have come to realize that Tesla's presence will only benefit them.
Included in a deal by the Nevada legislature that set aside $1.3 billion dollars in tax cuts and other incentives for Tesla's massive lithium ion gigafactory is a bill that allows Tesla to sell their cars directly to customers in the state. Victory: Tesla.
It is no surprise that San Francisco is the number one metro area for EVs, but I would have never guessed that Atlanta would be number two. It seems Georgia dealers have not taken too kindly to this EV popularity and are now petitioning the state legislature to get Tesla shut-down.