GM Backstabs Tesla Motors in Ohio as NJ Legislators Try To Kill Anti-Tesla Rules | Transport Evolved

GM Backstabs Tesla Motors in Ohio as NJ Legislators Try To Kill Anti-Tesla Rules; ; In Transport Evolved; 2014-03-13.


  • GM doesn’t want Tesla to sell directly to its customers, and it wrote to Ohio’s Senate asking it to help.
  • GM sent official written testimony to the Ohio State Senate Committee currently considering  Senate Bill 260, opposing outright the granting of any new dealer licenses to Tesla.


  • New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission
  • Tesla
  • Auto Dealer Association
  • Ohio
    • Senate Bill 260
      • Section 4517.12(A) The registrar of motor vehicles shall deny the application of any person for a license as a motor vehicle dealer, motor vehicle leasing dealer, or motor vehicle auction owner and refuse to issue the license if the registrar finds that the applicant:
        • <snip/>
        • Section 4517.12(A)(11) Is a manufacturer, or a parent company, subsidiary, or affiliated entity of a manufacturer, applying for a license to sell or lease new or used motor vehicles at retail. Nothing in division (A)(11) of this section shall prohibit a manufacturer from disposing of motor vehicles at wholesale at the termination of a consumer lease through a motor vehicle auction. Division (A)(11) of this section shall not serve as a basis for the termination, revocation, or nonrenewal of a license granted prior to the effective date of this amendment.
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Would You Buy A Tesla Model S? | Dan Lyons

Dan Lyons; Would You Buy A Tesla Model S?; In ReadWrite (no longer Web); 2013-02-19.


  • Dude is not in the club.
  • Wouldn’t join anyway.
  • Warns off others who aren’t in the club either.
  • He’ll send us the signal when “it’s ready.”
  • Stay Tuned.

Contrast With

Vivek Wadhwa; Confessions of a Tesla ‘fanboy; In The Washington Post; circa 2013-02-20 & 21.

  • Owns a Tesla Model S.


A lot of the sneering reviews pretty much boil down to “writer is not rich enough to own one, not really.”  But the writer is connected enough to sample the product literature and borrow one for a bit of sample authenticity.  And that’s wealth along two dimensions: can’t front the cash to buy it ’cause early adopter gear is expensive gear, very expensive gear, so they have to sit on the sidelines throwing eggs and “what ifs” which is their trade anyway; and also because they’re really not well off enough to be in the elite early adopter class of really anything but free web services of Web 2.0 despite the white collar job in the literate trades.  That’s not wrong. It’s just not informed by much or trenchant on any axis.

Confessions of a Tesla ‘fanboy’ | Vivek Wadhwa

Vivek Wadhwa; Confessions of a Tesla ‘fanboy; In The Washington Post; undated, but promoted & syndicated around 2013-02-20 & 21.


  • Was & is a fan.
  • Demonstrates elite access
    • Daily driver was a Mercedes-Benz
    • Has driven a Formula Ford at Skip Barber Racing School
    • Has friends who own Porches and Ferraris, who let him drive.
    • Has direct access to Elon Musk; quotes an email conversation.
  • Demonstrates expertise in the material
    • Something about browsing the web from the dashboard.
  • Nav turn-by-turn is by Navigon (a Garmin company); c.f. com.navigon.navigator_checkout_us.
  • Provides “nuance” (i.e. some negative):
    • He bought the low-end model; didn’t get the “Tech Package” to save money
    • Wants Google Nav (who doesn’t?) because it’s free on phones.
  • Buried lede:
    • Broder was wrong.
  • Other quotes:
    • “Internal-combustion engine technology doesn’t hold a candle to electric. That is probably why Motor Trend named the Model S, car of the year this year. They called it ‘truly remarkable’ and said it would ‘sashay up to the valet at a luxury hotel like a supermodel working a Paris catwalk.’ Supermodel is a good analogy for my Tesla.”
    • “I’ll say that I completely agree with what the Times’ Public Editor Margaret Sullivan said — that Broder had “problems with precision and judgment.” After all, the car has a giant display that tells you how far it can travel, and it provides many options to manage mileage.”
    • “I have found the 200-mile range of my 60-kWh model, to be more than enough for day-to-day driving.”
    • “I assumed that since the Web browser has Google maps, I would get the same features I have on my iPhone. I was wrong.”
  • Claim:
    • Model S version 3, will be available in four or five years. with a range of more than 1,000 miles. [Um rly? That's the singularity talking, huh?]

Recapitulation of the boosterism prior:



Vivek Wadhwa is:

  • Vice President of Academics and Innovation at Singularity University (SciFi U).
  • Vice President of Innovation and Research at Singularity University
  • Fellow at Stanford Law School.
  • Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University.
  • Director of Research at Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University.
  • Previous and/or concurrent academic appointments include Harvard, Duke and Emory, University of California Berkeley.
  • “a leading scholar and public voice on entrepreneurship and public policy.” ref citing ref
  • “Silicon Valley’s provocateur-in-chief” ref
  • Unfailing gushing booster of immigrants & immigration, “startups” and “entrepreneurs.”  Probably not a favorite of the urban underclass reps. on scene today.

The Tesla – 1 | The H8ters – 0

As in “mistakes were made, please move on, nothing to see here no more.”


tl;dr from the omudstron’s closure statement was: “I knew Jason Blair and John Broder is no Jayson Blair”  Fair enough … fair as in “When I Use a Word, It Means Just What I Choose It to mean, Neither More nor Less.”

They live in a different world at the Grey Lady, and in the fourth estate in general.  Search on plagiarism at the New York Times and you’ll have a good three or four pages of things to read, some at or near the NYT but almost all (exactly all?) in the east coast “top-drawer” general interest media machines.  More focused: search disgraced New York Times reporter.

The other advice on these things is “don’t get in wordfights with folks who buy ink in barrels.”  Wise words from a guy who knows his hate. The Tesla folks fought that fight, and got away with it.  Only a few barrels of ink, a flightrecorder blackbox and a weekend of “do-overs” from the man’s peers and bemused owners.

There’s another “perfect storm” story angle here that someone will paste together to get the pageviews: the story played out right before a 3-day weekend, a dedicated owner base that loves the cars, the cars actually work and are very cool, these are the most interesting machines anyone is building anywhere right now, high-impact media-savvy tech company which has been seen Broder’s type before and was pretty much ready for him, and as a general background an exposé of what all “reviewer” organisms do for a living: boosting their host, as an industry, as a concept, with just enough high-horse cluck-cluck tut-tut sneering to make it seem analytic but mostly fun to read the “brutal takedown,” the “thoughtful post,” the “revealing interview,” the “poignant backstory” about the sea changes and seismic shifts that their farsight sees.  All through the magic of embargoed access among the stackranked peerage.



See the notes, notably the primaries.




The Tesla, The Tesla H8ters


  • Gumshoe can’t drive car, gives bad report into loud mouthpiece media.
  • Facts from the data logger don’t support his story.

It’s devolved into he said / she said.  But these are replicated engineered devices.  It’s simple enough to reproduce the experiment as many times as anyone cares to do it.


  • Elon Musk, Chairman, Product Architect & CEO of Tesla Inc.
  • John M. Broder, currently at The New York Times

Primary Statements

i.e. “the litigants”; (cue the stern martial music). On the left: the vendor.  On the right, a known EV h8tr.  Judge Judy will decide. (enter Judy, stage left)

In archaeological order (latest on top, older material below)

Secondary Promotions

Previous Output

Facts, Factoids & Myth

  • Proprietary charger on the Tesla vehicles.
  • Tesla charging is DC.
  • Tesla Supercharger stations only charge Tesla vehicles.
  • ~200 miles between Supercharger stations
  • Perhaps Elon Musk said that should be 140 miles
  • There are two Supercharger stations in California