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Commented On: It's Official: General Motors Now Sees Tesla As A Threat


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What conspiracy? GM publicly apologized for that blunder. I think that the phrase from Rick Wagner was "Our biggest mistake." - You can't hold the current GM responsible for decisions made a decade ago.

So, what do you think GM will find and how do you think they'll react?

Commented On: It's Official: General Motors Now Sees Tesla As A Threat


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You're fixating on GM as a good versus evil organization, I was simply highlighting a past history of non-pro-ev behavior as asked for by robok2, so, back to my original comment:

"My questions is more, how will they deal with the threat?"

Let me know how _you_ think that they'll deal with it. I believe that they _won't_ be able to morph into a company structure like Tesla. They are too old. Just as IBM gave way to Microsoft, Microsoft gave way to Apple & Google, I think that GM should give way to Tesla. I see it as the natural order of the universe. My fear is that their last thrashing about will include an unhelpful attack on the new order.

Commented On: It's Official: General Motors Now Sees Tesla As A Threat


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Well, they lobbied CARB to eliminate the ZEV mandates, they cut the EV1 program the second they won, they tried to trademark the term "Range anxiety", the told us that americans wanted "an electric car that goes far. Really far.", they implied that the Ampera had an ev range of 360 miles… etc. They have form & they have a lot to loose if their product isn't first in everyones minds.

Sure, they're hedging their bets, though I suspect the Spark is just a compliance/halo car, but I am in suspect that their interest in Tesla is not to further their eco initiates but more about figuring out how these guys are making money &, I'm doubtful that GM will be able to copy Tesla - they're too old, they have too much baggage.

Commented On: It's Official: General Motors Now Sees Tesla As A Threat


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My questions is more, how will they deal with the threat?

My fear is that they will not be able to adopt Tesla-like practices and instead be 'forced' (in their minds anyway) to 'protect the shareholders' by actively trying to disrupt Tesla's development; Heavyweight media disparagement of pure electric cars perhaps? Will we see the return of FUD? Big research reports announcing that batteries bigger than the Volt happens to have, cause brain ache that may affect your children health and stop flowers from growing? People mysteriously loosing a leg after buying a Tesla? You know, the usual stuff.

Or, perhaps more lobbying; All pure electric cars that can go more than 100 miles must include a klaxon on the front for 'safety'.

Watch out!

Commented On: Could Liquid Catalyst To Replace Platinum Make Fuel Cells Viable?


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I'd certainly prefer a fuel cell solution over a range extender ICE any day.

With EV charging stations being so much cheaper than hydrogen filling stations, it still seems like a stretch.

Commented On: 2014 Volkswagen XL1: First Drive Of Wolfsburg's 261-MPG Car


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I'm genuinely confused over why this is being made. As a halo car it just shines a light on the compromises that "Lefty Greenies in the gum'nt are trying to force on the free world." As a potential high-volume car it's just in a niche in a niche and as a CARB compliance vehicle, it's not available in California.

Can anyone pin down its role?

Perhaps it's just a prime platform for all those who miss the original Honda Insight and are looking for an EV conversion donor vehicle?

Commented On: New York Auto Dealers Try To Make Registering Tesla Stores Illegal: BREAKING


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Jeff, perfect!

Only this week, I took my Focus in for a software update, as they started work, the telematics failed, the car disappeared off my web page… it never came back.

Sure they've updated the software but broken something else but you know what was the first thing that sprung to mind? "Oh dear, never mind, it's not like the update was done by the manufacturer."

Commented On: New York Auto Dealers Try To Make Registering Tesla Stores Illegal: BREAKING


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Competition: Indeed, I see the risk there but, I see the fight moving up a rung to the manufacturer, Tesla v. BMW v. Audi, etc. On a lower overall cost base I'm thinking the bottom would line would ultimately move down.

I've no problem with the idea of a dealer network per se, they put food on the table all through my childhood but, I just don't see how it works to our advantage today. Pushy sales people that won't talk pricing over the phone who are just looking for conquest sales aside, dealers clearly want to add value but, they've become so far out of step with Auto2.0 that it's time we shook things up.

Food for thought: the awesome deal I got on i-MiEV & Focus were manufacturer deals, not dealer margin.

Commented On: New York Auto Dealers Try To Make Registering Tesla Stores Illegal: BREAKING


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I partly agree, I called for exclusivity to nix any chance of pushing the V8 otherwise, you're completely right, they'll use it as a halo car to get people in. However, dealers do get most of their cash from servicing and that's pretty much off the table with Tesla. I think that the US public should see, transparently, how much the dealers add to the total cost of car ownership.

Commented On: New York Auto Dealers Try To Make Registering Tesla Stores Illegal: BREAKING


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Could Tesla call a dealer, ask how much money they need to pad the deal to make this work, i.e. how much the dealers would need to sell Tesla exclusively, then, tweet to the US, "This is how much more the Model S will cost in NYC, move to Jersey or call your congressman!"
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