Should Tesla sell?

Posted on January 13th, 2009 in Electric vehicles,Hybrid Power by Julian Edgar

An interesting opinion article, especially in the context of the global financial crash that has occurred since this piece was first published.

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  1. Richard said,

    on January 13th, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    I think it needs to get into “bed” with another mainstream manufacturer.

    Perhaps GM? The Volt will use Li Ion batteries like the Tesla and GM are building a factory to build the battery packs (actual cells are from LG).

  2. Chris Katko said,

    on January 14th, 2009 at 2:38 am

    Any new car company that wants to expand in America will have to rely on the Big Three initially. There’s just no way to get your cars advertised, shipped across America, sold–and this very important–serviced without a large infrastructure.

    Expensive kit roadsters won’t need much maintenance because they’re not driven every day. But if they intend to sell anything durable to the mass markets, they’ll need partner with another bigger company to provide those services that are assumed to be provided.

    I don’t want Tesla absorbed by the Big Three–it’s obvious they haven’t had intelligent management in 20+ years. But a partnership will be very beneficial.

  3. Rick said,

    on January 22nd, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    If the product is popular and the demand is high enough, plenty of private dealers will want to sell & service (not that there’s much to service) Tesla’s…