I dont think the people who will buy this care care about that. But, and more relevant to the cost of a damaged light array is the insurance cost. The car owner has his deductible, let's see what happens with rates. I guess if you buy a 150k car, it is what it is. Great write up as usual and an awesome car. Let the technology trickle down!
Flashman brings up the point I was going to make, and thank you, Aaron. Well done. The car is restrained, in beautiful taste, and has range and speed. The realities confronting both the dealers and the owners are the ones that confront every owner of a car; that is, if for some reason the thing falls down somewhere out of range of the dealer, how is it to be fixed? And to refer to Flashman what happens if some idiot hits the car? Are body parts readily available? Is the car impossible to fix? Teslas have a slowly acquired reputation for crashing and burning. I'm sure a lot of that occurance has to do with irresponsible owners but the fact remains. And Insurance Companies, other than Hagerty which is excellent, are notorious thieves. I'd be interested to see what they would charge to cover this car and others like it. And yes, American manufacterers are stultified and the whole industry needs to be upended. All Hagerties stay well.
Thanks for an informative (was gonna say lucid) writeup, Aaron! One of these will never be in range of my wallet, but I am excited to see another brash startup (look out Tesla). I agree with MustangJim - let the tech trickle... The future gets interestinger and interestinger...
Not totally sure that what happens to some people has a direct effect on all people. I own a Cadillac STS, and as a result of a brief ride in my car, my cousin in Los Angeles also purchased one. She pays $975.00 every six months for insurance while I am billed $480.00. We are four years apart in age and we have no driving infractions. I, however, reside in the Mojave Desert. The cost of insurance is dictated by location more than "crunches."
This is a lease car for very rich people. No one else can afford it. It looks better on the inside than a Tesla does in terms of interior quality. I hate that it has nothing but a touchpad to get to things. So you have to take your eyes off the road to stare at a giant tablet. Any car where the physical controls are gone is off my list.