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

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 Tom Cruise proud, I accepted the mission. But first, a bit of perspective: in 2005 I had set out to purchase a Mercury Mariner... read more

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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


 
George Matick Chevrolet, Redford, Michigan

Most Car Dealers Are Lousy At Selling Electric Cars: Here's Why

From carmakers and politicians to enthusiastic owners, there are many groups pushing for greater electric-car adoption. But more often that not, the dealers that actually... read more November 30, 2015 by


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

'Numerous' Advantages To Laws Mandating Car Dealers, Tesla 'Inconvenient': NADA Chairman

Count on the car-dealer lobbyists of America to keep fighting the good fight on behalf of the state franchise laws that protect their members' businesses by making it illegal... read more October 19, 2015 by


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

Tesla Doubles Down On Fight For Direct Sales In Michigan, Detroit Three's Home Turf

Tesla Motors can't sell its electric cars in the home state of the Detroit Three automakers, but it's long wanted to change that. Last October, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder... read more August 5, 2015 by


 
Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013

Not All Car Dealers Hate Tesla's Online Sales; Large Chains Back It, Bank Says

Tesla Motors' business model of selling cars directly to customers without franchised dealers has earned it the ire of many a car-sales mogul. Viewing Tesla's online sales as... read more June 5, 2015 by


 
Bourgeois Chevrolet, Rawdon, Quebec, Canada   [photo: RoulezElectrique.com]

Canadian Electric-Car Dealership Awards Honor Sales Success Stories

With car dealers often viewed as an impediment to successful sales of plug-in electric cars, recognizing dealerships that embrace and promote plug-in cars is crucial to... read more May 28, 2015 by


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

FTC Calls Michigan's Tesla Ban 'Protectionism' For Dealers

Tesla Motors has had varied success in its efforts to fight state laws making its direct online-sales model illegal. The electric-car maker lost a round in Michigan last... read more May 13, 2015 by


 

 
 

 
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