I think that Tesla should build a Supercharger in NEW JERSEY this will help in getting more Tesla CARS here to say the least but it will say a lot about TESLA to the FAT MAN that the people of NEW JERSEY need some one to stand up to the FAT MAN COZ HE IS TAKING THE big oil pay MONEY
and that's all I have to say
p/s WALMARTS IN MAYS LANDING IS A GOOD PLACE FOR IT
I think they should listen to GARY JONES :P
The existing franchise “laws at their core” were first proposed and lobbied for by the dealers themselves as a means to ensure that the manufacturer could not be in competition with them. They were trying to protect their own interests. Additionally at the time of these proposals there were no laws requiring manufacturers to utilize a franchise system.
The manufacturers essentially created their own monster in enlisting the “then” help of and utilizing franchises to increase their footprint without using their own funds.
Subsequently the franchises took on a life of their own and when they came under pressure from manufacturers who had realized that they had essentially lost the handle on controlling their brand image those same franchises banded together against manufacturer control and became too big to fail.
Flash Forward… Along comes Tesla (note I could find no reference to “any” law requiring a “NEW” manufacturer to utilize the franchise system)
As has been said elsewhere, Tesla HAS NO franchises which would come under the protections of existing law “as current dealers do” Tesla cannot compete against it’s own dealers because it has none!! ALSO dealer or franchise protections were not intended to protect any dealer against an un franchised competitor
You can still purchase a Tesla anywhere in the United States and they will deliver the car to you. They have Service rangers to accomodate repair requirements etc.
GM etc. have no grounds to cry foul as they were the ones who created the monster known as their dealer network to gain fast $$ and market footprint years ago.
For these reasons the argument being raised by established manufacturers that somehow Tesla is getting a pass by selling direct is flawed. The laws with regard to automotive start ups is at it’s core the same today as it was 100 years ago.
In closing . What are the Dealers / Manufacturers so afraid of? If their franchise model is as great as they would have us believe then surely a small start up such as Tesla cannot possibly compete.
I submit that they DO think Tesla can compete and they are seeing the handwriting on the wall that trading total control of their brands to a franchise system years ago for profit is now coming back to bite them on the backside due to being handcuffed by laws they themselves brought about
Do you REALLY want to be told how you have to purchase your vehicles? My guess is that 100% of Americans would answer no to that question. Well folks here is a newsflash GM Ford Chrysler etc. etc. know that too.
What ever happened to the free market in the US. The big three are hiding behind their lobby dollars and what can I say about GM. Does the words taxpayer bailout money come into play.
I have over 25 years experience in the auto industry across almost all aspects R&D, brand development, dealer development, sales - service - parts, finance etc. I have worked for Manufacturers and I have worked for and closely with Dealers. In reality the whole business model has been created and sustained by the internal combustion engine. The unintended consequence of it all however has been a world that has been developed and sustained by oil. It has left a sticky trail of devastation across our planet - conflicts and pollution as the principles.
Over 100 years in the making the ICE model is starting to melt and slowly make way for EV. Whilst it challenges the industry status quo...it is time! Tesla is not just a brand - it is 'a cause'. A fundamental cause at that.
I have personal experience in setting up EV Dealers. I failed. The lack of a recurring revenue stream from friction parts chops across all the standard metrics of cost - land,buildings,signs,showrooms,stock,staff and so on. Direct sales is the only way to start off - it may evolve of course, but for now, it is 100% the best approach.
It will not of course be 'a walk in the park' for Tesla taking this route. There are considerable risks and challenges as they scale up - so the last thing they need is a monkey around their neck with petty and very ill conceived bans.
I wish them well - Vive la Revolution!
I thought America was the home of the brave and free enterprise, I guess I was wrong.
Hopefully this issue can be completed. I very much agree with the production of electric cars. because it can mengurasi emissions. and more environmentally friendly.
Tesla cannot compete against it’s own dealers because it has none!! also dealer or franchise protections were not intended to protect any dealer against an un franchised competitor