It's hard to imagine that Tesla will be willing to give rivals access to the supercharger network, even for a fee, when they risked bankruptcy over and over again getting a car lineup off the ground with superchargers to defend their value proposition. Tesla supercharges are its unstated weapon that will soon shine. Proprietary supercharges are the key Tesla emerging as the monopoly when EV's become mainstream. Tesla is years ahead of its competition when it comes to charging infrastructure. This could be EV startups' biggest threat. Sure, Rivian can build an amazing EV truck, but is it going to be capable of sprinkling thousands of chargers across the country to convince people to buy the truck?
The cost of new internal combustion engine vehicles is skyrocketing much faster than the CPI. I was reading that this is largely due to safety requirements.
Pre-collision avoidance, side air-bags, backup cameras, TMPS, etc. etc. are coming stock on a lot of vehicles now, at the cost of the consumer. I was noticing the new Tacomas are coming with pre-collision avoidance, even on the lowest trim.