Tesla Executive Says Other Automakers’ Electric Cars Are ‘Little More Than Appliances’

By Jon LeSage A Tesla executive criticized competitors on Tuesday for offering electric cars that are “little more than appliances” during an annual automotive conference.
Diarmuid O’Connell, Tesla’s vice president of business development, said automaker offerings are missing the mark on pricing, range, and performance. O’Connell and other auto industry executives, along with government regulators, debated how best to meet federal guidelines and California regulations on fuel economy and vehicle emissions.
“The industry’s attempts to date to advance the state of electric vehicle technology, they’re probably really not even trying,” O’Connell said. O’Connell spoke at the Center for Automotive Research’s Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse

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