July 28th, 2019 by Guest Contributor
Legacy automakers have had some documented points promoting electrical vehicles. In 2017, Sierra Club issued a report on EV purchasing and located that Tesla shops offered a much more constructive expertise in comparison with Massive Auto’s franchise dealerships. In 2018, one other report in Nature discovered that “dismissive and misleading automotive dealerships create boundaries to electrical car adoption.”
This yr, the YouTube channel Tesla & Chill put one Jaguar dealership to the take a look at and the outcomes had been, ummm, fairly puzzling.
The video footage begins innocently sufficient. Shannon from Tesla & Chill determined to drive her Mannequin three to a neighborhood Jaguar dealership in an effort to check and distinction her Tesla to Jaguar’s electrical I-PACE. Not all went badly. Shannon favored a number of issues about this loaded mannequin (proven at an $85,000 price ticket), together with the heads-up show, adaptive cruise management, and heated steering wheel. However she wasn’t enamored with the Jag’s “surprisingly gradual” pick-up, decrease vary, and lack of accessible charging choices.
|Evaluating the Jaguar I-PACE with the Tesla Mannequin three (YouTube: Tesla & Chill)|
That’s when issues obtained attention-grabbing. Shannon explains, “The salesperson really advised me I’d be capable to cost at a Tesla Supercharger station — however we all know that’s not true!” She discovered this “unlucky” and deceptive. She additionally wasn’t thrilled with all of the “buttons and knobs” on the sprint and stated, “I used to be actually disenchanted with the dearth of area each within the trunk and frunk space.”
After Shannon’s time on the dealership, her Mannequin three’s Sentry Mode revealed some intriguing spy video footage. Throughout her take a look at drive, three members of Jaguar’s gross sales workers came to visit to take a look at her parked Tesla, probably unaware of the truth that Sentry Mode had been activated and began recording.
|Sentry Mode catches some Jaguar salesmen trying out the Tesla Mannequin three (YouTube: Tesla & Chill)|
One of many salesmen took a peek via the facet window to look at the inside of the Mannequin three. Maybe he advised to his friends, “how bland is that inside, there needs to be not less than two dozen buttons” — however that’s simply my guess. In fact, they may’ve been considering of working at Tesla as an alternative. Who is aware of? The shortage of an audio recording leaves all of it open to interpretation.
In latest months, some unhealthy guys have really been caught on Sentry Mode and brought to justice by the police. Sentry Mode has additionally captured footage of strangers admiring a Tesla Mannequin three. I wouldn’t be stunned if one of many Jaguar salesmen in Shannon’s video may’ve been a secret admirer — maybe he covets the Tesla. Regardless, the dealership’s salesman shouldn’t have misinformed the potential buyer in regards to the Jaguar’s capability to cost at Tesla’s Superchargers.