Just What Is Tesla’s Advantage? We’ll Find Out As VW Ramps Up $23k Competitor

That Tesla has a sexy car out there ready to roll right now is true. They’ve got Elon Musk, possibly the best manager of public opinion on the planet. But, underneath that, what do they actually have that’s a sustainable competitive advantage? It’s very difficult indeed to see that they’ve got anything in this world of mass manufacturing. Build quality certainly ain’t it for example. And we’re going to find out real soon now too, as Volkswagen has announced they’re to ramp up production of a $23,000 competitor.…

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Shouldn’t The EPA Have Learned From The VW Emissions Scandal?

It would appear that Donald Trump’s version of the Environmental Protection Agency has learned the lesson of the VW and others diesel emissions scandal. It would also appear that pretty much no one else has. If you set emissions standards that are expensive to reach then people won’t reach them – they’ll lie, cheat and dissemble instead. There is indeed a better method of dealing with these emissions problems though, simply increase the gas tax to cover the social cost of those emissions.…

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A Parking Lot With 21,000 VW Diesels Parked For Scrap

It’s not obvious that this is a useful environmental solution. Sure, Volkswagen cheated and lied on those emissions tests from its diesel engines. The why of that we know – it’s impossible to make a cheap diesel engine which meets current emissions standards. We can make expensive diesel engines which meet them, but we can’t make cheap ones which both have the reduced CO2 output from higher fuel efficiency and also meet the NOx emission standards.…

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