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  • GM CEO Dan Akerson has created a small team to study Tesla (TSLA) and the potential threat it poses to the auto giant. Vice chairman Steve Girsky: "[Akerson] thinks Tesla could be a big disrupter if we’re not careful ... History is littered with big companies that ignored innovation that was coming their way." Akerson has been busy trying to speed up the pace at GM implements new technologies, and promised in March GM would launch an EV with a 200-mile range. Meanwhile, Tesla is working on lowering charging times at its supercharging stations to 5-10 minutes from 20. CTO J.B. Straubel cautions "it’s not going to happen in a year from now." [View news story]
    @wigit5 Superchargers will increase sales. The SC network will make the Tesla more economical and practical then an ICE. Yes as you stated most charging is done at home, a full tank everyday, no gas station stops, but being able to drive across the country for free is a big sales incentive. I also suspect Tesla will sell rights to the SC network to possibly Toyota and Mercedes in the not to distant future that will create a revenue stream as well.
    Jul 18, 2013. 04:45 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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