Some electric-vehicle advocates contend dealers don’t like selling those vehicles because it would end up cutting into their service-department profits.
The thinking is that compared with gasoline-powered vehicles, EVs have mechanically simpler drivetrains, far fewer moving parts and fewer parts to replace overall. They also don’t need transmissions nor oil changes.
But it’s wrong to contend selling EVs at the front end will hurt dealers at the back end, Wes Lutz, chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Assn. tells an Automotive Press Assn. gathering in Detroit.