Mike Tinskey, Elon Musk.

Mike-Tinskey“This first-ever test is a critical milestone as we move forward with our collective goal to advance electrification and boost the environmental benefits that come with that.”

Said Mike Tinskey, Ford’s global director of Vehicle Electrification & Infrastructure, before the start of a trial of grid-balancing technology that allows utility providers to tell an EV to stop charging. Ford, Honda, BMW, Chrysler, GM, Mercedes, Mitsubishi and Toyota are all taking part (we reported).

Elon-Musk-Twitter“We may need a hybrid system with a combination of our own stores and some dealer franchises.”

These are unusually tame tones from Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who has fought long and hard for Tesla-owned stores. However, Musk admits that this model might not be sufficient to scale up to the volumes Tesla is running for in the future.


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