i agree… these new EV car makers want to be targeting the richer car buyers. These tend to be the buyers with more disposible income who want to do the planet well by buying an EV … the latest and greatest EV to talk to their cycling friends about when riding their carbon bikes through the city dressed in lycra…
the mass market what the nissan, honda, renault and of late VW’s and Ford are targeting are the average joe… who on average spends 15-20K on a car and to them is the second largest purchase they will make after a home (in some cases that is unattainable so the car tends to be the biggest purchase)
if VW go the renault route and allow their network to allow cars plugged in to it to give back to the grid (something renault have been trialling with good success in the azores) LUCID cars along with other compatible car manufacturers using said infrastructure could help power the grid… imagine in sunnier climates, a grid thats powered by solar and wind during the day and powered by EV cars during the night.
back to the point… i think these new car brands can only target the richer car drivers in order to even stay competitive… and to that they have to unercut them for their piece of lux. The established manufacturers are too engrained and have fingers in many pies to worry about making highend EV’s (for now) - if they were all on a level playing field and BMW, Mercedes, AUDI etc. all made EV’s at the same pricepoint / spec as Tesla i think we’d see the truer picture to Tesla’s sales at the same time we’d then see how effective the Tesla supercharger network would be if only Tesla cars gain a true benefit from them… imagine buying an ICE car and told you can only put THIS particular fuel in it from THESE particular fuel stations.