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  •  Can you afford a Tesla? (2+ / 0-)
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    Geenius at Wrok, kfunk937

    This is a 1%-er issue. Which might actually explain why this complete non-story is in the news and hurting Christie.

    Using the power of his political office to benefit political contributors isn't even a scandal. Screwing over the poor folks who are waiting for Sandy aid isn't fatal. Nor is turning the busiest bridge in the country into a parking lot. He can recover from that!

    But how dare you stop rich people from buying their toys!

    •  Nope. Makes no difference. It's a red-meat (1+ / 0-)
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      kfunk937

      conservative issue: Protect the free market.

      Better still, it hits a despised group -- auto dealers.

      Finally, it's nice bone for environmentally aware types.  Even those like me, who merely wish they could afford a Tesla.

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      by dinotrac on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 08:22:48 AM PDT

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    •  Not yet but (1+ / 0-)
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      kfunk937

      Tesla has already cued up a $40k car (not sure if that's before the tax credit).  It should be available in about three years.  In three years, there will be hundreds if not thousands of Tesla supercharger stations and Level 3 charging stations.

      Tesla is very aggressive about maintaining resale value.  Over time, they'll likely make more money from their certified-used program than from new cars.  Other car makers do the same thing but a lot of that goes to their dealers.

      Oh, yes.  The cost of the electricity to drive a Tesla is about half the cost of gasoline for a car that averages 28mpg.

      You start with rich people's toys (this is a 1%er car, but not an 0.1%er car, just based on price and how it's marketed) because that's where you get the margins to build cheaper high volume cars with the same technology.  

      And car retailing is just a problem.  Every car maker in the world wants to sell directly over the web but they are (for a fair number of reasons) chained to their dealer networks.  Tesla seems to have found a way out (it helps that there are fewer moving parts to break on a Tesla and a lot of those are things like brakes and suspension components that any good repair shop can handle).

      Christie isn't just corrupt, he's corrupt in very short term ways.

      •  It'll still be a car for the well-to-do, even if (0+ / 0-)

        more of them will be able to buy it, but...

        So what?

        There is a fundamental issue of market freedom here.

        I suppose there is a counter-argument: The government does subsidize these cars and that's unfair, but...

        It also subsidizes the Volt, as well as cars you can buy at Toyota, Nissan, and Ford dealers, so...
        sell those.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 01:14:32 PM PDT

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