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BMW's Toughest Task: Training Its Dealers On i3 Electric Car

BMW's Toughest Task: Training Its Dealers On i3 Electric Car

Early adopters, ecology-minded citizens and, increasingly, drivers who want very low running costs are now buying plug-in electric cars. That much we know. But many have reported frustrations at the dealership, from a lack of interest to salespeople who actively steer them away from electrics... read more

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Fisker of Bellevue, Washington, dealership in October 2012 [photo by Bill D via Foursquare]

Why Some Dealers Are Inept At Selling Plug-In Electric Cars

People tend to recall bad or frustrating experiences more acutely than good ones. Which is likely why a staple of plug-in car forums is the bad-treatment-at-a-car-dealership... read more December 12, 2013 by 


 
Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013

UPDATE: Tesla Wins Vs Ohio Car Dealers, Amendment Defeated

Once more into the fray: Another state's car dealers are pushing for legislation to ban Tesla Motors from selling its electric cars directly to buyers. This time it's Ohio... read more December 3, 2013 by 


 
Volvo C30 Electric Arctic Test Drive

Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, Want 'Em--But Butts In Seats Is the Challenge

It's pretty clear that many car buyers are very interested in electric cars, and that they love them when they drive them. Electric cars have a handful of natural advantages... read more November 22, 2013 by 


 
Tesla owners & supporters gather in Statehouse in Austin to support company [photo: John Griswell]

Tesla Underground: Texas Franchise Rules Make Model S Owners Skirt The Law

Over the last couple of years, Tesla Motors has fought legal and legislative battles in a number of states over proposed or current state laws that try to stymie its unique... read more October 22, 2013 by 


 
Tesla Store  -  Portland OR

California Car Dealers Slam Tesla For Website Pricing Tricks

State and national auto-dealer groups have been battling Tesla Motors for four years now. The dealers want to stop Tesla from selling its electric cars directly to buyers... read more September 24, 2013 by 


 
Former Fisker of Bellevue, Washington, dealership, closed as of July 2013 [photo: Brian Henderson]

One Former Fisker Dealer Vanishes Into History (Photos)

Remember Fisker Automotive, the startup carmaker that sold the $106,000 luxury range-extended electric sport sedan called the Karma? Hang onto your memories, because the... read more August 1, 2013 by  5


 
Tesla owners & supporters gather in Statehouse in Austin to support company [photo: John Griswell]

Anti-Tesla Bill Backed By North Carolina Car Dealers Is Dead

Tesla Motors has dodged two big bullets fired its way by New York and North Carolina legislatures and auto dealers. Last week, the New York State Senate and Assembly... read more June 27, 2013 by  19


 
Tesla owners & supporters gather in Statehouse in Austin to support company [photo: John Griswell]

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

Well, this is a new tactic we haven't seen before in the fight between franchised auto dealers and Tesla Motors, the Silicon Valley electric-car startup. A pair of bills in... read more June 21, 2013 by  71


 
Tesla owners & supporters gather in Statehouse in Austin to support company [photo: John Griswell]

Tesla Loses Legal Battles To Texas, North Carolina Dealers

Win some, lose some. Tesla's had a very good year thus far, but it was recently dealt legislative defeats in two states where it had hoped to sell its electric cars. In... read more June 6, 2013 by  31


 
Tesla owners & supporters gather in Statehouse in Austin to support company [photo: John Griswell]

North Carolina Wants To Make It Illegal For Tesla To E-Mail Customers

How far will state car-dealer associations go to prevent Tesla Motors from opening its electric-car showrooms and selling cars over the Internet? A long, long way. In North... read more May 16, 2013 by  33


 
Elon Musk

Will Tesla Try For Federal Rule Permitting Non-Dealer Stores?

Several thousand Tesla owners have now purchased their cars by ordering and paying for them online after visiting a Tesla Store showroom. No franchised dealers are involved... read more April 18, 2013 by  16


 
Tesla owners & supporters gather in Statehouse in Austin to support company [photo: John Griswell]

Tesla Testifies In Texas, Takes On State's Auto Dealers Over Stores

Texas is tough, and Texas car dealers are no exception. But electric-car startup Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA], in the person of its CEO Elon Musk, testified yesterday at a... read more April 11, 2013 by  10


 
Tesla Model S with DISRUPT license plate, March 2013 [photo: Sam Villella]

Tesla Wins One In Minnesota: Bill To Ban Its Stores Defeated

Like a lot of news from Tesla, this came in the form of a tweet by CEO Elon Musk on Friday morning. It read, in its entirety, "Minnesota auto dealers tried to pass... read more March 11, 2013 by  3


 
Tesla Store  -  Portland OR

Tesla Gets Green Light To Open Store In Natick, Massachusetts

After more than an hour of discussion last night, the town selectmen of Natick, Massachusetts, voted 4-1 to grant a license to sell cars to Tesla Motors Massachusetts. The... read more December 11, 2012 by  10


 
Tesla's retail store concept

Injunction To Shut Tesla Store Denied In MA, Dealers To Fight On

Score one for startup carmakers trying to do things differently. Last Friday, a judge denied a request by the Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association for an... read more November 21, 2012 by  12


 
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