While Seneca Giese worked as the North America Head of Remarketing and certified pre-owned at Tesla he was able to experience just how fast used Telsa vehicles could sell.
“Looking ahead, seeing all the planned plug-in vehicles coming to market meant that there's going to be a healthy secondary market eventually,” said Giese, who was with Tesla for nine years and helped launch its CPO program.
That secondary market for EVs is where Giese and Trip Jacobs focus with Current Automotive, the Illinois-based online retailer they co-founded.
Current Automotive, which has a storefront in Naperville, Ill., sells used electric vehicles and used plug-in hybrids online, and is part of the Bill Jacobs Auto Group.
Jacobs (who is Bill Jacobs III) managed a Chicago Tesla store before returning to his family’s business in 2017.
He and Giese launched Current Automotive in July 2018. Since then, Current Automotive has delivered to customers in 30 states
“Even though we have a physical presence in the Chicago metro area, over half of our business is out of state. It's really focused online. Very much price driven. Tesla's our most popular product. I feel like that's because of our expertise, having worked there,” said Giese, who was one of Tesla’s first 200 employees, according to the Current website. “But we really want to represent and be good stewards of all electrified cars.”
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