Colorado just passed a new law specially designed to advantage Elon Musk, Rivian and anyone else “selling” electric cars. They will be permitted to “sell” them directly to “buyers” (in air quotes for the same reason you’d put DMV “customer” in air quotes) but everyone else will be forbidden to do so.
Thus, Elon et al will not have to spend money on physical dealerships and the staff and so on (or pay the property taxes) that everyone else is required by law to spend money on before they’re allowed to make any money selling cars – which they actually do, in spite of all the hobbles placed in their path.
EVs, of course, only “sell” because they’re given away – using other people’s money to “buy” them. Without all of that other-people’s-money, they wouldn’t. This ugly fact is of course unmentionable for the same reason we’re not supposed to talk about women firemen (sic) not being strong enough to carry a 200 pound man out of a burning building but are hired on the pretense that they are able to do it.
Colorado could have abolished the law requiring new cars – electric and otherwise – to be sold through dealerships. It’s an obnoxious law, designed by crony capitalists colluding to make new cars more expensive by preventing customers from buying directly from the manufacturer, thereby eliminating the middleman.
And to eliminate the competitive price haggling which would benefit car buyers, if they had the option to buy a car at a full-service dealer or buy it direct from the manufacturer.
But as an infamous crony capitalist once quipped, competition is a sin.
Thus Colorado decided to something even more obnoxious – by granting Elon et al an exemption from the obnoxious law, which remains in force for everyone else – in order to make non-electric cars more expensive and thereby make electric cars seem less so. A Tesla or Rivian – already artificially advantaged via tax kickbacks which buyers of not-electric cars can’t cash in on – are further artificially advantaged by not having to fold the cost of a dealership into the deal.
It’s of a piece with general trends. EVs are the vehicular equivalent of a special or differently-abled child whose disability must above all not be acknowledged no matter the costs imposed on the not-special.
Only worse, because the disabled child is a human being and can’t help being disabled – or having been born. The EV, on the other hand, is a manufactured defective – one that didn’t have to be.
The plug could be pulled with a clean conscience.
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