GM Vice President of Global Product Development Doug Parks is, to paraphrase Georges St. Pierre, not impressed by Tesla’s performance.
“There is nothing in the Tesla battery that we don’t know,” said Parks in a report, noting that Tesla’s strategy is “very intriguing” and that GM is and has been closely scrutinizing the company, but “matching what Tesla did is not that exciting,” in regards to the $70,000 and upwards Tesla Model S. He added, “The real trick will be, who can build a 200-mile car at the prices” around $25,000-$40,000.
Yet, while Parks said the technology is available now, the kilowatt hour cost of batteries remains too high for the car to be a possibility as it stands currently. It’s expected that Tesla will debut the so-called Model E in 2016, which is expected to have a 200-mile EV range and will hit a price point south of $40,000. GM is eyeing such a vehicle, as well, but it’s unclear if it will be the next-generation Chevrolet Volt or not.
“The game is afoot,” he said of the electric vehicle market. “This is a long race,” Parks concluded.