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

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 that offset their higher purchase cost: They cost far less per mile than gasoline cars, and they're simply nicer to drive... read more

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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


 
GM engineer fits structural reinforcement to distribute crash energy away from Chevy Volt battery.

Does $5K Tool Really Cause Chevy Dealers To Drop Volt Electric Car?

If you were a car dealer, would you decide not to sell a plug-in electric car because you had to buy a $5,000 tool to service it? We didn't think so. Late last year, trade... read more February 5, 2013 by  23


 
2011 Nissan Leaf SL

Nissan Leaf Electric-Car Buyers Really ARE Different, Says Dealer

So who buys a Nissan Leaf? Not, as you may be unsurprised to learn, the sort of person who doesn't really care what they buy, says one Nissan dealer. As Nashville Business... read more December 18, 2012 by  13


 
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


 
2013 Suzuki Kizashi

Should I Buy A New Suzuki (Now That It's Leaving The U.S.)?

There's nothing like a bargain price on a brand-new car. And since Suzuki has announced that it'll stop selling cars in the U.S., there are bargains galore on new Suzuki... read more November 8, 2012 by  2


 
Tesla Motors gallery in Houston Galleria, opened October 2011, with Model S on display

Auto Dealers' Fight Against Tesla Stores: Elon Musk Weighs In

Tesla Motors is facing a formidable opponent it may not have sufficiently appreciated: the auto dealers of America, and their state associations. Tesla, you may remember, is... read more October 25, 2012 by  51


 
Dealer

Toyota Dealers Not Interested In Selling Electric Cars, Prefer Hybrids

Thanks to its ever-expanding range of hybrids, including the well-known Prius liftback, Toyota Toyota dealers have a wide range of green cars to sell. You may think that... read more October 15, 2012 by  14


 
Used car salesman

Weakest Links In Electric Car Sales: Local Salespeople, Dealers

Plug-in car sales hit a new record in September--more than 5,500 sold in a single month--and there will likely be more records to come. But plug-in hybrids and battery... read more October 3, 2012 by  15


 
Tesla Store  -  Portland OR

Tesla Dodges Traditional Dealerships—And Questions Remain

Tesla Motors [NSDW: TSLA], by nearly all accounts, is an automaker that’s doing things differently. It’s based in Silicon Valley, not Detroit. And it’s... read more July 27, 2012 by  41


 
Tesla Motors gallery in Houston Galleria, opened October 2011, with Model S on display

Tesla Motors: Three New Stores Opening In North America

No sooner has Tesla announced a new "gallery" in the heart of oil country, than the Palo Alto-based electric car company has now revealed plans for three more retail stores... read more November 4, 2011 by  2


 
Tesla Motors gallery in Houston Galleria, opened October 2011, with Model S on display

Tesla Motors Opens Gallery In Oil Country

Palo Alto-based electric auto maker Tesla Motors doesn’t sell cars in its new Houston showroom, sales lot, dealership uh… “gallery” now open in... read more October 31, 2011 by  2


 
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