GM corporation to spend millions of dollars to study Tesla..?
Damn..!! Now aint that a blip..!!
Tesla has only been around since 2002, but it has recently made it's mark on the automotive segment by having it's 2nd electric car, the Model S, named by many magazines, auto shows and owners alike, as the best car in the world.
Competent, expensive, beautiful, and needs no gas..
And I don't know who started this stuff, but only I need to know that I'm driving a hybrid. I don't want or need it all over the outside of my car.
The Chevy Volt.. Competent, expensive, and still needs gas. (sometimes)
Now that Big ole GM is poised to go out and spend all of this money to study the Tesla Company, it's Products, and Elon Musk, why not use this Idea instead.... (like Tesla)
1. If I bring the car to you for repairs, fix it dammit, and stop trying to charge me that extra $80 to just plug the code reader into a receptacle. (like Tesla)
2. When I drop off my car for an extended repair, I am GIVEN a reliable personal source of transportation in order to get to work, play or otherwise.. (like Tesla)
3. When something happens to my vehicle, it comes back to me completely fixed by mechanics that can not only read codes on a computer, but have the old fashioned ability and sense to troubleshoot. You know, like back in the day... (like Tesla)
4. Your customers service cannot be aligned with salespeople who know nothing about cars and are there simply there to panic me into buying more stuff for a car that doesn't need it. (like Tesla)
5. Start leading again with products that are reliable, substantial, and obtainable, and when something happens to that product, why don't you show us that you stand behind it by making sure that you issue a report if the problems persist in more than 20 cars in 2 years, and make it available. Then if the same things starts happening to other cars of the same body and platform, you already have a baseline.
6. Stop forgetting about the customer once the sale is done.. Customer service and the initial ability to take care of problems, with as little havoc to my busy schedule as possible. It's the key to having the customer come back in four years in order to make another purchase, and while too many automobile manufacturers have forgotten that it's the customers money that keeps them afloat, Tesla seems to make my life more comfortable than it was before I got the car. Service with a great big smile.. and a customer service basis that is everything..!
The reason Tesla is taking such a large bite out of these large corporations is because the larger corporations chose to invest the investors money in tires, metal, and fossil fuels. With the return on those being as great as it were, why would they need, or even want to change.?
It seems to me that change only comes through persuasion. The fear of a new company that has employees that are happy to work there. The fear of an assembly line where anybody can stop the line if there is a problem.. The fear that these robbers and barons will soon not be able to rob us blind with the price of fossil fuels and that we have decided that the gravy-train for them may finally be on it's very last leg.
Pick one.. You be the Judge...
Even the service reliability of those cars was outstanding.. It simply consisted of pulling into the service bay, a tire rotation, check the connections, fill the washer fluid reservoir, and off you go. Not a lot of money and not a lot of stress and that's the kind of car we want!.
The first mass produced electric car was the GM EV-1
The GM EV-1 Concept