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FTC Calls Michigan's Tesla Ban 'Protectionism' For Dealers

FTC Calls Michigan's Tesla Ban 'Protectionism' For Dealers

Tesla Motors has had varied success in its efforts to fight state laws making its direct online-sales model illegal. The electric-car maker lost a round in Michigan last fall, but now a government agency has weighed in on Michigan's revision to its franchise law. Let's just say that the U.S... read more

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State map showing where Tesla Motors can (blue) and can't (red) sell cars [Mojo Motors, Apr 2015]

Where Can Tesla Legally Sell Cars Directly To You? State-By-State Map: LATEST UPDATE

Every month, and often more frequently, a new story appears about the state-by-state battle between Tesla Motors and auto-dealer lobbyists. In some states, Tesla is permitted... read more April 22, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]

How Maryland's Tesla Sales Bill Really Got Passed: Its Sponsor Tells The Story (Video)

Last week, barely minutes before it adjourned, the Maryland House of Representatives passed a bill authorizing Tesla Motors to sell its electric cars from up to four stores... read more April 22, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]

Tesla Sales Now Legal As Little Maryland Goes Big On Electric Cars

Well, add one more to the list of states where Tesla Motors can legally sell its electric cars--and do so without having to use franchised dealers. The Maryland General... read more April 16, 2015 by 


 
New Honda of Seattle dealership (rendering), Mar 2015

Seattle Honda Dealer Adopts Tesla & Apple Sales Elements, Learns Lessons

Tesla Motors' direct online sales model has led to state-by-state battles with franchised dealers and their lobbyists. While Tesla works to sell its electric cars in as many... read more April 9, 2015 by 


 
BMW i3 on Amazon.co.jp

Buy An Electric Car Online? In Japan, BMW i3 Is Sold On Amazon

The direct online sales model used by Tesla Motors has ignited a vigorous discussion--to say the least--over the state laws that protect franchised dealers in the U.S. Now... read more April 3, 2015 by 


 
2015 Kia Soul EV First Drive  -  Portland  -  November 2014

You Shouldn't Want To Buy A Kia Soul EV, Says Kia Dealer

It's often said that one of the bigger impediments to sales of electric cars is car dealerships. Among plug-in car shoppers, stories abound of salespeople who know little or... read more March 30, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]

Tesla Store Helpful, Enthusiastic; One Chevy Volt Dealer, Not So Much

It's long been known that getting some car dealerships to sell plug-in electric cars can be a challenge. Now, one reporter tested the thesis for himself, by visiting both his... read more March 27, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]

Dear Tesla: Car And Driver's Hilarious Take On Why Car Dealers Are Awesome

Ah, satire. From Jonathan Swift's "modest proposal" to MAD Magazine in the formative years of many pre-teen boys, it serves as a bracing reminder of the absurdity of life... read more March 25, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]

Tesla Wins One In Jersey: Gov Christie Signs Bill To OK Four Stores

A new bill signed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will once again allow Tesla Motors to sell its electric cars in the state. Tesla operated its direct-sale retail... read more March 19, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]

Report On Tesla-Style Direct Sales Cites GM Brazil Program Ended In 2006

The topic of Tesla Motors and its direct-sales model continues to roil state legislatures, with bills for and against the practice under debate in several states. In May... read more March 10, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]

Strange Bedfellows: Consumer Groups, Koch Brothers Unite To Back Tesla Stores

War makes strange bedfellows. Over the past decade, the Koch Brothers have become a major political force, funneling money from their family company into organizations that... read more February 18, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Model S P85D, 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Tesla Vs Franchised Car Dealers In Texas, Arizona: Battles Continue

The battle between Tesla Motors and car-dealer groups has flared up again on two familiar fronts. Both Texas and Arizona have seen skirmishes before between Tesla and groups... read more February 11, 2015 by 


 
Frame from 'Benefits of Price Competition' video, by National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA)

New NADA Chairman Will Continue Anti-Tesla 'Get The Facts' Campaign

Last June, the National Automobile Dealers Association launched a publicity campaign to convince car buyers why it's in their own best interests that dealers make it illegal... read more February 5, 2015 by 


 
2015 Nissan Leaf

Electric-Car Owners: Watch Out For Those Dealer Service Bills!

One of the benefits of battery-electric cars is that they have far fewer moving parts than gasoline vehicles, so they require less servicing. Or as the old saying goes... read more February 5, 2015 by 


 
George Matick Chevrolet, Redford, Michigan

GM Lauds Greenest Dealers, Shares Best Practices For Cutting Energy Use

As cars get greener, the environmental impact of the infrastructure used to sell them is getting increased attention. Making dealerships greener can not only lower the... read more January 26, 2015 by 


 

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