From his twitter acct: "Auto dealers in Texas are trying to stop Tesla. Would appreciate your help in fighting for what's right"
Followed by "If you support Tesla in Texas, please contact your state Senate or House member. Free enterprise!"
If that's for the whole country, it's worthless.
I think that 5,000 cars/year is not good enough, they should change that number into 50,000 cars/year. More would be even better.
It's 5,000 cars/year for the State of Texas, not for the whole country.
Well, it would be OK for the first three years (2013, 2014, 2015), but after that (as from 2016) that number must be raised to a much higher level.
It's a start. Once Tesla has its foot in the door though...............
Elon is already talking about a "hybrid" dealership model if sales exceed a certain level nationwide. From a Seeking Alpha article by "Oneil Trader":
"CEO Elon Musk is battling against dealers in courts, as he wants to sell electric vehicles directly to the public through factory stores. If he can't win at the state level, he will make a federal case. The battles are costly, and although Musk agrees that it would be cheaper to use the franchise system, he doesn't trust the dealers, because a large part of their sales comes from gasoline-powered vehicles. However, Musk would consider a hybrid retail network (a mix of company-owned and dealer-owned stores), when Tesla's volume reaches 1 percent of U.S. new car sales. And according to Musk, that might happen in 2017 or 2018, when Tesla might introduce a lower-priced third generation car."
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