GM was building EVs a decade before Tesla did. Part of the problem is that they and all of those manufacturers have lobbied against regulations to encourage EV production and aren't interested in building EVs outside of what's required to minimize CAFE/CARB penalties. If I saw any existing manufacturers getting serious about EV production, I'd purchase an EV from them, but so far they've either mostly ignored EVs, or phoned in what they are building.iamlucky13 wrote: ↑Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:49 pmMitsubishi, Nissan, Ford, and Volvo all had regular production EV's on the market before Tesla (not counting the original roadster, which they used more as a marketable prototype than a production vehicle). BMW, Chevy, Honda, and Toyota all had models on the market the same year or the year after the Model S.
InsideEV's tallies 150,000 electric vehicles sold in the US alone so far this year, and nearly 2/3 of them were made by companies other than Tesla. The forecast is over 2 million EVs globally next year, and Tesla will build less than 1/4 of those.
That other companies haven't individually been as successful in terms of unit-sales and aren't as glamorous as Tesla doesn't qualify as "kicking and screaming." It's still tough to make money in this market. Tesla identified a very good niche, but it also doesn't work to try to enter the market simply by imitating Tesla
The older companies are obviously not strictly focused on electric vehicles like Tesla, but all of them are paying close attention the market, and many of them are already involved in it, even though others don't want to fight for the low margins the current conditions seem to offer. They want to make money, so as they determine it is possible to make cost-competitive electric vehicles, they will.
Tesla only recently (July) sold more EVs in the US than everyone else combined, but they've had the lead in battery production for much longer than that. There are other manufacturers who are pretty close to them in a specific aspect on EV production/design, but no manufacturer I know of is close to them across the board.
https://insideevs.com/tesla-gigafactory ... -combined/