On Wednesday, Chevy introduced its new model of electric vehicle at CES. While discussing all the merits of the new Chevy Bolt, Mary Barra, the CEO of General Motors, made a few subtle jabs at Tesla Motors, the company that has been pushing hard to make electric vehicles a regular sight on our roadways.
Barra mentioned that the $30,000 price (after incentives) would easily compete with Tesla’s offerings. She also specifically mentioned that GM and Chevy have over 3,000 dealerships and service locations across America, which is massive compared to Tesla’s relatively small network — and that’s not including the difficulties they are having in many states when it comes to selling their vehicles direct to consumers, forgoing the traditional model of using special dealerships.
Just one problem – Tesla doesn’t care. In fact, they released a statement congratulating Chevy on their new Bolt and encouraged other traditional car manufacturers to continue developing and producing their own electric vehicles. It reads, in part:
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.
As far as Tesla’s concerns, the more people who are interested in buying an electric vehicle, the better it is for business. Especially since they have heavily invested in battery technology that many of these cars, regardless of who makes them, will end up using.
Meanwhile, we will continue to wait patiently for the self-driving, electric vehicle that lets us nap or watch Netflix while it drives us to work.