Tesla's O'Connell

Tesla's O'Connell

Tesla's vice president of business development,  Diarmuid O’Connell, is taking some heat for a recent comment he made at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Michigan.

According to O'Connell, the major OEMs put out electric cars that are "little more than appliances" (in reference specifically to EVs such as the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3, Chevy Spark EV and Kia Soul EV).

Here's what O'Connell actually stated:

“In essence, they’ve delivered little more than appliances. Now, appliances are useful. But they tend to be white. They tend to be unemotional."

"On balance, I'm happier that they're doing these cars than not. I just wish they would do them better and faster."

O'Connell has made similar snide comments in the past and they weren't received well, so you'd think he would've learned to 'take the high road' by now, but apparently not.

O'Connell added:

“It’s natural for folks whose business is vested in the existing technology to focus on that technology because it’s the foundation of their business, rather than taking a risk position on new and novel technology, especially when the automakers themselves aren’t supporting it."

He is probably right, but we'll leave it at that...

Source: Automotive News