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Audi tells its dealers to get with the (electric-car) program

Audi tells its dealers to get with the (electric-car) program

As many electric-car buyers will tell you, franchised auto dealers can pose a large and tedious impediment to actually buying the plug-in car you want. From salespeople with no knowledge of the cars to test vehicles that haven't been recharged and have little battery range left, the hurdles are... read more

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, road test, California coastline, Sep 2016

When can I buy a Chevy Bolt EV electric car? See state-by-state schedule

Last month, the first Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars were sold in California's Silicon Valley. Electric-car advocates and buyers across the U.S. now want to know when they... read more January 16, 2017 by


 
2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium

Toyota Prius Prime buyers misled by dealers; more education needed

The Toyota Prius Prime is a far better car than its plug-in hybrid predecessor, and it seems likely to become one of the higher-volume plug-in electric cars on the U.S... read more January 11, 2017 by


 
Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013

UPDATE: Tesla can still sell cars in Missouri stores, pending appeal, after dealer lobby lauds victory

Just as the new year began, Tesla was dealt a fresh setback in its campaign to make its electric cars directly available to customers throughout the U.S. Tesla's license to... read more January 6, 2017 by


 
Michigan state capitol, Lansing (photo by Brian Charles Watson)

Michigan says Tesla sales ban not unconstitutional, responding to lawsuit

Tesla Motors continues to fight for the ability to sell its electric cars directly to customers in Michigan, home of the rest of the U.S. auto industry. The Silicon Valley... read more December 21, 2016 by


 
2016 BMW i3

This Boston dealer is excited about the electric-car future

A major challenge for electric-car advocates is finding enthusiastic dealers who are willing to put in the effort to explain and promote them. Given the need to educate... read more December 14, 2016 by


 
Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013

Tesla takes it to Michigan, opens gallery in state that bans sales of its electric cars

Tesla Motors is not legally allowed to sell its electric cars directly to customers in Michigan, thanks to subtle changes made two years ago to the state's franchise laws... read more December 7, 2016 by


 
Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013

Tesla a 'predator,' dealer lobby howls; second VA store OKed anyway

The Virginia department of motor vehicles ruled yesterday that Tesla is eligible to open a second retail store in Virginia, in the state capitol of Richmond. Virginia... read more December 1, 2016 by


 
2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition

VW dealers use diesel buyback to offer deals even before TDI owners bring in cars

The Volkswagen diesel settlement for 2.0-liter TDI cars received final approval from a federal judge earlier this week. That means VW is now able to send out buyback offers... read more October 28, 2016 by


 
George Matick Chevrolet, Redford, Michigan

Dealers save $500 for car buyers, lobby group claims; 'false,' says Politifact

Tesla Motors' direct-sales model for electric cars has rankled franchised auto dealers. Dealer associations have attempted to block Tesla direct sales in multiple states, and... read more October 20, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, road test, California coastline, Sep 2016

Chevy Bolt EV allocations: dealer in California gets electric-car update

As its new electric car gets closer to public sale, General Motors has apparently made its first allocations of 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EVs to Chevy dealers. The news comes via a... read more October 10, 2016 by


 
Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]

Tesla sues Michigan over ban on direct sales of its electric cars

Earlier this month, an application for a dealer license submitted by Tesla Motors was denied by the state of Michigan. It was the final decision in a process that kicked off... read more September 23, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, road test, California coastline, Sep 2016

2017 Chevy Bolt EV: here's what can go wrong for electric-car pioneer

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will be on dealership floors within several weeks, cementing its position as the first affordable 200-mile electric car. It will beat planned... read more September 22, 2016 by


 
Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013

Michigan says selling Tesla electric cars in state is illegal, again

Tesla Motors has, once again, been blocked from selling its electric cars directly to customers in Michigan. Over the past couple of years, Tesla has been engaged in a battle... read more September 19, 2016 by


 
Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]

VA may deny Tesla a store license; dealers say they want to sell Teslas

Tesla Motors recently had another setback in its fight with Virginia's franchised car dealers over direct sales of its luxury electric cars. Over the past several months... read more September 15, 2016 by


 
George Matick Chevrolet, Redford, Michigan

A dealer trainer tried to buy a car; he now calls car dealers 'clueless'

In an ongoing battle with Tesla Motors, state auto dealer associations have continually touted the superiority of the traditional franchised dealer model. While surveys have... read more September 4, 2016 by


 

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