TO THE EDITOR:
Regarding "Tesla created demand for electric vehicles, but mostly for Tesla," autonews.com, Jan. 21: Range anxiety is caused by the lack of a charging network and the lack of consumer education on the EV experience.
It took me a long time to buy an EV because until the Tesla Model 3, they were unattractive or too pricey and the charger network was not adapted to the need. I waited until last November to lease a Model 3 to make sure Tesla was going to survive their rough launch. If a traditional OEM would have made a Model 3 and invested in a charger network, they would have EV sales increasing instead of decreasing.
Look back at Apple and the iPhone: They did not invent anything, but they had a vision that they committed to, and they did a fantastic job marketing their product. I feel like the traditional OEMs are the Nokia, BlackBerry and Motorola of the cellphone. They missed the turn by only listening to what they wanted to hear and not focusing enough on the customer experience around their own product.
As the article mentions, traditional OEMs made hybrids and EVs only to answer a regulation need instead of taking advantage of having to build them to make a great product and differentiate themselves from their competition.
SEBASTIEN MUCHERIE, Grosse Pointe, Mich.