Who said he's going to sell it?
With a Volt he can optionally plug it to grid and get infinite mpg.. There's no chance of doing that with a diesel.
Granted he's have to pay for grid power... but even the most efficient diesel doesn't beat an electric car on raw energy cost per mile.
Most electrics are bought as a 2nd car, since a vast majority of people don't driver further then 50 miles a day. So the range anxiety may be a moot thing, since lots of people use their gas car (or choose to fly) rather then worry about driving their electric car across the country..
Apple-- (specifically Steve Jobs) figured it out long ago: Cramming all sorts of technology into a thing does not make that thing useful; it takes an overall humanistic approach... involving psychology, human intuition, and aesthetics.
If design wasn't important, why else would Android start off as blackberry clone but turn into an iPhone clone within a matter of months?
Actually, the smarter self driving cars CAN handle various obstacles such as road construction and lane closures. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
Capacity can be smoothened out with battery storage-- that's where someplace like Tesla's Gigafactory comes in; it drops the price LiOn batteries by 30%, while the used batteries can then be sent off to solar farms to hold excess capacity, releasing it at night.
Tesla admits they're using only 20% of the former NUMMI plant space to build the Model S/X.. which is supposed to be low volume/high price flagship vehicle. They're still designing the Model 3's manufacturing method (alongside the vehicle itself)..
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Perhaps they're planning to use Tesla's Gigafactory as a supplier.. From what I hear Tesla plans to sell excess batteries to the open market --not just for their own vehicles. The whole point of the Gigafactory is to drop the worldwide price of Li-On batteries by 30%.
You make it sound like people won't be plugging their cars when while they're sleeping...
It's probably affecting their own commerce... especially if you're a western businessman traveling through China and you can't access your own email.
Many companies large and small use Gmail's servers for their own email service.
Netflix does not stream first-run movies... they're 3rd tier.. after Theatrical, Pay-Per-View/Pay-Per-Stream, and DVD/Blu-Ray--
Sony isn't even streaming it on their own service for PS3/PS4!!! What are they thinking?
It wasn't... Even Apple didn't want to do DRM, but the record companies were shellshocked from Napster (and other P2P) at the time. They would have never sold their music on iTMS without it.