Tesla's new strategy for making themselves look awesome? Kick GM in the junk while they're already gasping on the floor.
I know, we've got no sympathy for GM. I don't. Frankly I wouldn't be disappointed if they were broken up and sold off...the efficient bits would live on at least. The Volt, and range-extended electric vehicles would certainly remain intact.
Elon Musk, of Tesla, on the other hand, is very fond of trashing this exciting new technology. He happily points out that Tesla models get far more electric range, sometimes even leading people to believe that the Volt will have a total range of 40 miles. And, most recently, he called the Volt's 160 horsepower engine "anemic."
Maybe if you're used to driving a Porsche, but the Volt will have a better zero-to-sixty time than most green cars. Can someone please remind this guy that the world is not made up of billionaires?
Musk seems to be forgetting that he got into this business because he wanted more green cars. There are problems with his cars and with his company. He is going to encounter the same resistance GM found with the EV1. People will be afraid to drive the cars because they don't want to run out of juice and be stuck in the middle of nowhere. GM spokespeople could rip his business plan to shreds just like he's doing to them. Of course, they would be crucified, but their points would be just as valid.
GM created the Volt to try and create an electric vehicle that solved the problem of range anxiety, and by pretending that it's just the old dinosaur clinging to its obsolete world view, Musk is just making more people skeptical of green cars. I don't know who he thinks he's fighting against...I thought we were all on the same side here.
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