During the reveal of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, General Motors CEO, Mary Barra, made a few comments directed at her company’s Silicon Valley competitor.
“Unlike some EV customers, Bolt customers don’t have to drive to another state to buy or service an EV,” Barra remarked during the reveal.
Tesla doesn’t house deaf ears, and the automaker quickly responded to her statements in a positive matter saying, “Commitments from traditional car makers to build electric vehicles advance Tesla’s mission to accelerate the advent of sustainable transportation. We hope to see all those additional zero-emission vehicles on the road.”
Sounds all fine, and hunky-dory, right?
Part of the reason Tesla is unable to operate dealerships in all 50 states is do to mysterious dealer laws few seem to understand, laws GM has lobbied to keep in place, and lobbied hard for.
As reported by Autoblog, Tesla hit back during an FTC Workshop to work on said laws, and Tesla general counsel Todd Maron had a few choice words for Barra and GM. After repeating her quote verbatim he responded with, “This shows that [GM’s] interest here is purely competitive,” instead of being concerned about their dealerships or GM customers. “They are actually touting their ability to block us from selling directly and the fact that our customers can’t buy our cars as easy as theirs.”
As Tesla works to bring its Model 3 EV to market, Chevrolet can only enjoy a competitive advantage in the marketplace with laws in its favor.
But, as they say, rules are meant to be broken. And we’re sure Tesla will find a way to rewrite them.