Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Greg asks: What would the states of California and Arizona do if all the car makers just refused two make electric cars at a loss? What would they do? Whine, make threats, get their illiterate federal representatives to try to push through bills? The fact is they would change their laws or walk. I mean they already whine about everything. They already threaten to secede if they don’t get their way. The only thing I hate more than government is what makes up government – namely bullies and their allies, useful idiots. Please keep writing because you are one last voices for common sense left in this country.
My reply: I think the time for that was maybe the mid-late ’90s. Since that time – and I have been covering the car business since then, so I’ve had a front-row seat – the car industry made a conscious decision that it is better to join ’em than it is to fight ’em. Thus, GM and most of the others are in favor of the 50-plus MPG standard and all the EV folderol.
The why makes sense when you look at it from the point of view of the executive-management class, which runs the show. Most of these people are not car people, first of all. Look at, for example, Mary Barra (if you must). These people have no passion for cars or driving. They are bureaucrats, basically. And bureaucrats believe in getting along… with the government. They do not want to rock the boat; they want to ride out their tenure, strap on their golden parachute and bail out after a few short years.
Also, they have adopted the cynical view that it is profitable to endorse and even anticipate all these mandates… for example, they can charge more for a car with six air bags and so on than for a car with two or none… and then there is service on the back end.
Ultimately, it is all about money – and power. A bunch of chimps ripping each others’ arms out of their sockets in order to establish dominance and maintain place.
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