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Are Republicans Really Behind Tesla Sales Bans? Data Offers Clues

Are Republicans Really Behind Tesla Sales Bans? Data Offers Clues

It seems to be a common assumption among Tesla Motors supporters: State auto-dealer lobbyists work with Republican legislators to enact laws banning direct sales of Tesla's electric cars to retail buyers. But is it true? An article last month in The New York Times offers a few data points that may... read more

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

Car Dealers Fire Back: Why Negotiating Is Good For Car Buyers (Video)

The battle between Tesla Motors, which sells its electric cars directly to customers over the Internet, and the nation's car dealers--which want to make that practice... read more November 4, 2014 by 


 
Minnesota Tesla Model S owners demonstrate their cars in Urbandale, Iowa, Oct 2014  [KCCI 8 video]

Minnesota Tesla Owners Show Banned Model S To Iowa Electric-Car Shoppers

Suppose auto dealers in a neighboring state pressured their DoT to make Tesla Motors stop giving test drives of its Model S electric car--the same kind it now offers in more... read more October 27, 2014 by 


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

Michigan Gov Snyder Signs Anti-Tesla Bill Called 'Corrupt Politics At Its Worst'

As expected, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder yesterday signed a bill that bans Tesla Motors from selling its electric cars directly to buyers online in the state. The bill... read more October 22, 2014 by 


 
Nissan Leaf electric car at Crater Lake, Oregon  [image: C. Bonville Photography]

Why Electric Car Owners Don't Want Gasoline Loaners From Their Dealers

It's often said by electric-car owners and advocates that once you start driving electric, you never want to go back. Now it appears that at least a handful of car dealers... read more September 15, 2014 by 


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

The Challenge For Electric-Car Sales Is Car Dealers, Again

Car dealers maximize their profits by selling the highest number of cars at the highest possible prices in the least possible time. Plug-in electric cars are unfamiliar to... read more August 5, 2014 by 


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

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... read more July 16, 2014 by 


 
2014 BMW i3 hits the race track

2014 BMW i3 Test Drive: No Help From Salesman For Electric-Car Buyer

Every time I visit a conventional car dealership to test-drive an electric car, I'm struck by the salesman's lack of savvy about plug-in cars. The first time I drove a Chevy... read more May 23, 2014 by 


 
2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid, Marin County, CA, Nov 2012

Rewarding Dealers Who Sell Electric Cars: Connecticut Takes The Lead

Incentives for buyers are a great way to boost electric-car sales, but what about incentives for the dealers that actually sell them the cars? In February, the Connecticut... read more May 4, 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 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 


 
Rossi Honda in Vineland, New Jersey.

Honda Dealer In NJ Is First In U.S. To Use No Net Electricity

There are many green cars on the road, but how eco-friendly are the dealerships that sell them? Rossi Honda of Vineland, New Jersey, claims to be the first U.S. car dealer to... read more January 24, 2014 by 


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

Tesla Stores Changing Dealer Relationship, Says Ex-Apple Exec At Ford Seminar

Apparently, you can learn a lot about Tesla Motors at a Ford seminar. Tesla's unusual sales model--which eschews traditional franchised dealerships for direct-sale retail... read more December 17, 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 


 
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