The topic title is deliberately provocative, but I feel this is a serious question. My experiences at the Canadian International Auto Show have highlighted a few things. Many conventional car dealers and salesmen are skeptical, afraid, or even actively hostile to EVs. I've talked to guys selling Volts, and they're keen but often have significant resistance within their own dealership. It's not just that people are afraid of change; I suspect many dealerships are worried that pure EVs will have negligible maintenance. That will undermine the business model of most dealers, as they make all their money on service, not new car sales. And they probably should be very worried about that. I had one salesman at the show really go at me over EVs. He started out surprisingly hostile - I got him half convinced by the end, but it took half an hour. (That was over lunch - otherwise I'd never have been able to spend that much time with one person.) Nissan's Ghosn may have a vision for electric cars, but I'm not sure the organization he leads is really on board with it. If he ever leaves, the initiative could stall out. And why haven't they already brought out a bigger pack car (or even an option) based on the Leaf technology? No one seems to be talking about it. Somehow this 100 mile range thing seems to be the received wisdom; in my view 200 mile range is necessary for the general public to accept these cars. My feeling from all this is the major automakers are going to have a big problem. They need to move their electric cars OUT of their regular dealers, and build new electric-only dealer networks. A separate "brand" like Saturn was. Then the only people who work there will be people who "get" it, who want the products to survive and prosper - and their jobs will depend on just that. It's very rare for established companies to survive a disruptive change, and that's exactly what EVs are about to become. Sometime in the next decade we will reach a tipping point where the consumer will switch their preferences, and the transition will happen quickly. Rising gas prices - and eventual shortages due to peak oil and booming demand in Asia (not to mention geopolitical risks) - will take care of that. Companies caught without a full product line of EVs will be caught with their pants around their ankles. Big players who are just dipping their toes in the water with weak products will be in big trouble. In this view, Tesla could become a very major player in the industry - and perhaps essential to the economy. Thoughts? Plausible?