He'll have to keep risking his 200-mile-range Tesla on 143-mile drives from his local apartment to Tesla's Darien, Conn., recharging station, then 160 more miles to his northern base.
Tesla also has a service center in an industrial pocket of Norristown, which Musgrove said is moving soon to a more visible Main Line site on Route 30.
Hugh Connelly of Shamong, who owns a Tesla, accused his state's politicians of protecting their campaign-donor friends instead of consumers. What would have happened to Amazon.com, Connelly asked, if it had to clear online sales through local stores?
Of course, that's the point: New Jersey car dealers don't want to end up like, say, the Borders bookstores Amazon helped push out of business.
Made in Philly
When the Export-Import Bank of the United States targeted civilian aircraft makers for $1 billion in credit support, two Philadelphia helicopter-makers soaked up half that total in just a year's time, says Fred Hochberg, the bank's chairman and president.
United Technologies' Sikorsky division accounted for about $400 million of the total. Its civilian "ships" - engineered in Florida, with rotors built in Connecticut - were assembled at Sikorsky's Keystone Helicopter plant near Coatesville, Chester County, which employs 875, according to Hochberg.
The other $100 million backed helicopters sold by Italian-owned AgustaWestland from its factory near Northeast Philadelphia Airport.
Buyers, in Brazil and northern Europe, included oil companies and search-and-rescue agencies. The makers hope to expand Asian markets, too.
"Aerospace is the No. 1 U.S. export after agriculture," Hochberg added. The bank focuses on civilian deals, which are harder to finance than the giant commercial and military contracts awarded suppliers like Boeing.
"If you buy for a foreign manufacturer, the financing always comes from a government. German, French and British governments finance at least a portion of Airbus exports," Hochberg said. So the United States is doing its part. Private lenders would charge lots more.