This was a really great debate and I hope that money in politics does get restricted sometime soon democracy can work better than it is right now around the world and people not people with money or corporations are influencing policies.
It doesn't make sense that dealer networks are there to protect consumers. If the manufacturers owned their own dealerships they would still compete against each other and new vehicles would be thousands of dollars cheaper for the consumers right of the bat as there would be no dealer mark ups. Also auto makers still determine the suggested retail price on new vehicles and you would be hard pressed to see dealers sell a vehicle for less than the suggested price right now; in fact they always hit you with extra fees. Having a middle man will always cost more than not. Just my opinion.
I think this vehicle would have been better if BMW would just have licensed the EV technology form TESLA and put it in this design. The vehicle would have had more space, more electric range, access to a large electric charging system, would have cost less to develop, would cost less for the consumer, among other benefits.