FTC to Host Public Workshop Examining the U.S. Auto Distribution System Workshop Will Explore Competition, State Regulations, and Emerging Trends in the Industry, Project No. P131202
Soon there will be many electric vehicles coming to market with products that run off batteries and/or hydrogen. Franchised dealerships are trying to force these new vehicles and/or companies to sell their vehicles through them by lobbying state politicians to pass laws to force the issue. As a buyer of an EV I found the salesmen at franchised dealerships for gas cars were far more interested in selling gas vehicles. That makes perfect sense. I wouldn't go to a car dealer to buy a lawn mower or dune buggy. They were also not very informed about the product and didn't seem interested in learning. Again that makes sense. It's not what they sell. In addition there maintenance departments had no clue how to service the EV portion of the vehicles. In other words the current franchised dealership model is not setup to sell or service electric vehicles much like they are not setup to sell or maintenance bicycles. I strongly feel that electric vehicles are a big enough change from gas vehicles that they should be sold through a completely different sales force than gas cars if the manufacturer chooses. There is a completely different set of understanding and buyer questions that the current franchised dealerships do not seem to want to learn. They literally call electric vehicles "golf carts". That is fine as their point of view. They do not sell "golf carts" so they should have no problems letting the manufacturer or someone else sell them. The only reason they are hiding behind state laws is because they fear competition. In the United States competition is supposed to be the golden rule. Allow electric vehicles to be sold completely separately from gas vehicles. To be straight forward. ALL franchise laws for internal combustion engine vehicles should not apply to fully electric vehicles. It's like calling a plumber to fix your electrical problem.