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White House Responds To Tesla Direct-Sales Petition: Sorry, Talk To Congress

White House Responds To Tesla Direct-Sales Petition: Sorry, Talk To Congress

Fully a year ago, a Tesla supporter started a petition on WhiteHouse.gov asking president Barack Obama to let Tesla Motors sell its electric cars directly to consumers in all 50 states. While it got the necessary 100,000 signatures, it has taken the White House a year to respond--and its answer is... read more

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2014 Tesla Model S

FTC Comes Out In Favor Of Tesla Direct Sales, Against Dealer-Backed Bans

The ongoing fight between Tesla Motors and car dealers across the country has spilled from the headlines into the legal system, but so far, the outcome is far from certain... read more April 24, 2014 by 


 
Image tweeted (and then removed) by @NissanLeaf Twitter account, March 2014

Nissan Tweets, Then Deletes, Electric-Car Sales Slap At Tesla

Oh, Nissan, you just shouldn't have gone there. As captured by Autoblog Green writer Domenick Yoney last Friday, the @NissanLeaf Twitter account posted the following message... read more March 19, 2014 by 


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

NJ Hearing Today Could Ban Tesla Stores In State; Electric-Car Maker Cries Foul

Another battle in Tesla Motors' nationwide war with car dealers seems imminent. The latest state to oppose Tesla's direct-sales model is New Jersey, which the company says is... read more March 11, 2014 by 


 
2014 Chevrolet Volt

Advice To Dealers On Green-Car Sales: Focus On Cost Savings First

Green cars can't help reduce emissions or save gasoline if no one buys them. In the U.S., sales of electric cars and plug-in hybrids have been strong in some areas, but weak... read more February 27, 2014 by 


 
2014 BMW i3 hits the race track

BMW's Toughest Task: Training Its Dealers On i3 Electric Car

Early adopters, ecology-minded citizens and, increasingly, drivers who want very low running costs are now buying plug-in electric cars. That much we know. But many have... read more February 19, 2014 by 


 
Fisker of Bellevue, Washington, dealership in October 2012 [photo by Bill D via Foursquare]

Many Car Dealers Don't Want To Sell Electric Cars: Here's Why

The stories abound: A car buyer walks into a dealership, educated about the electric car she wants to buy...and the salesperson tries to convince her she doesn't want that... read more February 14, 2014 by 


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

Ohio Dealers Renew Assault Against Tesla Motors Sales

The legislative battle that pits Ohio car dealers against Tesla Motors and its company-owned stores continues. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the car dealers are... read more February 12, 2014 by 


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

Ohio Car Dealers Sue To Block Tesla From Selling Cars In The State

Ohio isn't just a battleground state in presidential elections. Electric-car maker Tesla has been at odds with the state's car dealers over its company-owned stores, and the... read more December 19, 2013 by 


 
Fisker of Bellevue, Washington, dealership in October 2012 [photo by Bill D via Foursquare]

Why Some Dealers Are Inept At Selling Plug-In Electric Cars

People tend to recall bad or frustrating experiences more acutely than good ones. Which is likely why a staple of plug-in car forums is the bad-treatment-at-a-car-dealership... read more December 12, 2013 by 


 
Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013

UPDATE: Tesla Wins Vs Ohio Car Dealers, Amendment Defeated

Once more into the fray: Another state's car dealers are pushing for legislation to ban Tesla Motors from selling its electric cars directly to buyers. This time it's Ohio... read more December 3, 2013 by 


 
Volvo C30 Electric Arctic Test Drive

Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, Want 'Em--But Butts In Seats Is the Challenge

It's pretty clear that many car buyers are very interested in electric cars, and that they love them when they drive them. Electric cars have a handful of natural advantages... read more November 22, 2013 by 


 
Tesla owners & supporters gather in Statehouse in Austin to support company [photo: John Griswell]

Tesla Underground: Texas Franchise Rules Make Model S Owners Skirt The Law

Over the last couple of years, Tesla Motors has fought legal and legislative battles in a number of states over proposed or current state laws that try to stymie its unique... read more October 22, 2013 by 


 
Tesla Store  -  Portland OR

California Car Dealers Slam Tesla For Website Pricing Tricks

State and national auto-dealer groups have been battling Tesla Motors for four years now. The dealers want to stop Tesla from selling its electric cars directly to buyers... read more September 24, 2013 by 


 
Former Fisker of Bellevue, Washington, dealership, closed as of July 2013 [photo: Brian Henderson]

One Former Fisker Dealer Vanishes Into History (Photos)

Remember Fisker Automotive, the startup carmaker that sold the $106,000 luxury range-extended electric sport sedan called the Karma? Hang onto your memories, because the... read more August 1, 2013 by  5


 
Tesla owners & supporters gather in Statehouse in Austin to support company [photo: John Griswell]

Anti-Tesla Bill Backed By North Carolina Car Dealers Is Dead

Tesla Motors has dodged two big bullets fired its way by New York and North Carolina legislatures and auto dealers. Last week, the New York State Senate and Assembly... read more June 27, 2013 by  19


 
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