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

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 have undertaken public-relations campaigns extolling the virtues of the franchise model. One of the latest claims made by... read more

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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

2017 Chevrolet Volt, leased by Phil Ganz of Texas

What it took to buy an electric car in Texas: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to locate and purchase or lease a Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid somewhere in the heart of Texas oil country. Hoping to make... read more September 2, 2016 by

2016 Nissan Leaf

Multi-brand electric-car dealer to open in Canada after Iceland test

With the notable exception of Tesla Motors' company-owned stores, electric cars must compete against internal-combustion models for space and attention on dealer lots. But... read more August 24, 2016 by

Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013

Tesla takes dealership fight in Utah to state supreme court

Utah continues to be a battleground in the state-by-state war between Tesla Motors and state auto-dealer groups. Franchised dealers in multiple states have worked to block... read more August 18, 2016 by

2016 Nissan Leaf

How can automakers sell more electric cars? Sierra Club report has suggestions

The Sierra Club recently released what it says is the "first-ever multi-state study on electric vehicle shopping experience," and the results weren't encouraging. A report... read more August 16, 2016 by

Tesla store under construction, Van Ness Ave, San Francisco [photo: BlueStarE3 on Tesla Motors Club]

Tesla opens new electric-car store in San Francisco, to serve as flagship

California is not just the home state of Tesla Motors, it's also the biggest single U.S. market for electric cars. So perhaps it's not surprising that Tesla recently opened a... read more August 15, 2016 by

2016 Nissan Leaf

Electric-car shopping far too hard; dealers, carmakers can improve, says report

Greater electric-car adoption requires both dealers and carmakers to be strongly committed to selling plug-in vehicles. Years of anecdotal evidence from shoppers shows such... read more August 15, 2016 by

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

Michigan won't let Tesla sell cars, but state fund invests in company (irony alert)

Tesla still isn't allowed to sell its electric cars in Michigan, owing to a ban on direct sales signed two years ago. All carmakers in the state must sell new cars solely... read more August 11, 2016 by

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

Karma Revero (nee Fisker) to blend dealers and Tesla-like showrooms

Karma Automotive appears to be making progress in resurrecting the car formerly known as the Fisker Karma. Now called the Karma Revero, the luxury sedan recently entered... read more August 9, 2016 by

Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013

Tesla Stores don't hard-sell shoppers; this baffles dealership groups

Tesla's company-owned retail stores aren't traditional franchised dealerships, and they don't behave like a typical car dealer. They don't have lots full of inventory to... read more July 12, 2016 by

Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

Car dealer tries to install solar, town-owned utility limits power it can generate

It should have been fairly straightforward. Install some solar panels on the roof of a building, cut carbon emissions, and perhaps save some money on electricity bills. But... read more June 14, 2016 by

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

Tesla Vs Michigan (UPDATED): Dealership Application, Conservative Coalition, Ballot Push

Electric-car maker Tesla Motors is the fourth-largest U.S. car maker, but its home in California's Silicon Valley is far from the heartland Detroit base of GM, Ford, and Fiat... read more February 2, 2016 by

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

Tesla To Testify At FTC Hearing On Auto-Dealer Franchise Laws

For the past few years, Tesla Motors has fought battles with franchised car dealers over its direct-sales model on a state-by-state basis. Feeling threatened by Tesla's... read more January 8, 2016 by

2016 Chevrolet Volt, first drive in California, July 2015

Is Chevy Actually Testing New Marketing For The 2016 Volt?

The new 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid keeps and expands on all the good points of the first-generation Volt, while fixing a number of the old car's quirks. As we wrote... read more December 22, 2015 by


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