The automaker aims to go from selling almost no plug-ins today to 40 percent of its U.S. sales being electrified by 2030.
Esntial Commerce eventually will be rolled out to Penske's and other groups' franchised dealerships and will likely add capability for new vehicles.
Battery-powered vehicles are set to start arriving at dealerships, though many gasoline-powered alternatives will remain.
Access to low-interest financing can overcome the public's initial hesitancy to adopt electric vehicles and get the market for a new technology moving.
Here are edited highlights from the latest episodes of "Daily Drive," Automotive News' weekday podcast, July 16-22.