Two years ago, I wrote about electric cars questioning their validity. A lot has changed since that post. Electric cars are starting to get exciting! Tesla has done a lot to raise awareness for electric cars. They’ve made them cool. Continue reading…
Following up on my last post, which was more focused around Google and the driverless car comes this post. Tesla too, created by a very smart and ambitious Elon Musk. Not that I am harping on the accomplishments or the vision, however a lot of what comes out of Tesla in my opinion seem to be repeating the past. We all know about “Who Killed the Electric Car”. Has Tesla learned from that? Are they doing things differently?
In my opinion, of which has been formulated based on facts, is that Tesla is repeating some of the same mistakes as GM did in the 90s. Electric cars carry something called range anxiety. Replacement batteries are expensive. Charging your battery takes much longer than filling up your tank with gas. These aren’t easy problems to address, but ones that require a lot of money and effort to solve.
Why is the tech industry desperate to disrupt the auto industry if it doesn’t know what is all about?
Technology blogs and journalists are praising the likes of Google, Tesla and many others. This is great, those companies are creating terrific products. They are innovating in a market that has been relatively slow to turn around and that has been plagued with various degrees of problems. So why you wonder am I writing this after the title I put up? The short answer… Google, Tesla, and others are NOT the solution or the disruptors of the auto industry.
I’ve gone off on several rants on Facebook, Google+ and in some cases on Twitter. I really do not want to discredit the advancements Google has made on self driving cars. I also am not looking to discredit Tesla for releasing an electric car. But those products are only scratching the surface of what a full car that can fully disrupt the industry should be. I know, you are probably saying “well Tesla is selling cars”. Yep, you are right. They are good cars. But let me ask you this, are they available to anyone? Is it an inconvenience for you to buy one?