TO THE EDITOR:
I listen to your "Daily Drive" podcast from the U.K. where (like most of the world) current EVs are viable for most use cases and better and cheaper for owners in the real world, and only people who buy combustion are going to be misinformed or ignorant.
While I have become an EV enthusiast, it was not for environmental reasons, although I am now aware of those benefits. It is fascinating to listen to legacy auto manufacturers and traditional dealers trying to convince themselves they can still sell combustion engines.
I bought my last two vehicles pretty much without dealer input. The first was a used Mercedes EV four years ago, and I knew way more about EVs than the salesman who had it as his daily driver for a year.
The second is a new EV ordered through the manufacturer, only needing the dealership as a place to take the balance and hand over the car. They didn't even charge it before collection.
I can't see ever buying a car via a traditional dealer again; it is easier not to. With EVs not really needing maintenance (only safety inspections), I just don't see how traditional dealers think they will survive.
MARK GARNETT, Worcester, England