Why Texas Bans the Sale of Tesla Cars
When you're about to compete in your first electric car race, brace
yourself for the sound of silence. But don't let those quiet engines fool
you because these days, quiet means fast. With every major car company
looking for a share of the booming electric car market, the competition to
go faster and further for cheaper
has become an all-out war. Detroit, Japan and Germany are all represented,
but right now, an unlikely newcomer is getting top honors: the Tesla Model
S. It's being hailed as a game changer. It's the first electric car to win
Motor Trend's Car of the Year; an unprecedented 99 out of 100 rating from
Consumer Reports; and now, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration, it's also the safest car ever. But if the Model S really
is the car of the future, then why has Texas banned its sales in the state
and why are lawmakers in several other states trying to do the same? To
answer that, first you need to meet Tesla CEO Elon Musk. He plans on
opening 50 new Tesla stores in the next year. And taking a page from the
Apple playbook, Musk is selling his product directly to consumers. No hard
sell. No commission for employees. And uniform prices at every store. "We
actually train people to educate," explained Musk. "We always wanted to be
a really low-key kind of friendly environment, where we're not constantly
trying to close deals." That?s a dig at the traditional middlemen in the
car-buying experience: the car dealers. Musk wants to cut them out
completely. He thinks customers don't like them and that dealers are
prejudiced against electric cars. It takes them at least twice as much
effort to sell someone an electric car and to educate them as to why an
electric car is good," said Musk. "And so if we were to go through the
traditional dealer path, the result would be a disaster." So Musk is
declaring war on car dealers, but car dealers are also declaring war on
Musk. They have already successfully booted him out of Texas and there is
anti-Tesla legislation pending in North Carolina, Colorado and Virginia.
"This happens all the time," said Bill Wolters, the president of the Texas
Automobile Dealers Association. "Someone wants an exception to the
franchise laws. If we made an exception for everybody that showed up in the
legislature, before long the integrity of the entire franchise system is
in peril." The outcome of the battle remains to be seen, but it's just one
of many standing in Musk's way of the Model S becoming a mainstream
success. For all the hype, only 20,000 have been sold.
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Tesla Model S Roadtrip From San Jose to San Diego: Superchargers Work
We drove the Tesla Model S from San Jose, CA to San Diego, CA. The roadtrip
was very smooth and the car does a great job cutting road noise making it
much more relaxing a trip than it would be in almost any other vehicle.
Along the way we recharged and ate at Harris Ranch, and Yogurt Land.
At the SpaceX dealership I saw the Tesla Model X though the window. This
was also the only stop we had to wait to charge.
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On this episode of Head 2 Head, the newest luxury heavyweight takes on the
reigning champ. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has ruled the luxury roost since
it created the segment decades ago. However, Elon Musk's revolutionary
Tesla Model S has single handedly disrupted the established luxury paradigm
and has recently outsold the mighty S-Class. What's most amazing is that
the Model S doesn't use a drop of gas. The S-Class does, but it rewrites
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driver's seating location. This test mimics a side impact crash involving a
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