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VA auto dealers sue Tesla, DMV over hearing to 'hide' proposed store

VA auto dealers sue Tesla, DMV over hearing to 'hide' proposed store

The state-by-state battles between electric-car maker Tesla Motors and lobbyists for state auto-dealer interests often take unusual twists and turns. But the situation in the state of Virginia may be among the odder episodes in Tesla's eight years of selling cars online directly to buyers. In the... read more

March 18, 2016 by -
 
President Barack Obama sits in 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car at Detroit Auto Show, Jan 2016

Obama Proposes $10 Per Barrel Tax On Oil To Fund U.S. Transportation Needs

You have to give the man credit for vision. U.S. president Barack Obama will propose a tax of $10 per barrel on oil in the 2017 budget he will submit to Congress next week... read more February 5, 2016 by


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

Tesla Vs Michigan (UPDATED): Dealership Application, Conservative Coalition, Ballot Push

Electric-car maker Tesla Motors is the fourth-largest U.S. car maker, but its home in California's Silicon Valley is far from the heartland Detroit base of GM, Ford, and Fiat... read more February 2, 2016 by


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

CA Bill Gives Tax-Free Delivery To Out-Of-State Tesla Buyers

Well, this might upset a few martini glasses at National Automobile Dealers Association social events. A bill passed by the California State Senate two days ago allows... read more January 29, 2016 by


 
GM's Shop-Click-Drive online car-shopping program sends users to local dealers to complete the sale

GM Adds Used Cars To Online 'Shop-Click-Drive' Tool; Buyers Still Finish At Dealer

In almost every state, you can't buy a car online from its maker, owing to language in franchise laws that forbids direct sales, written at the behest of auto-dealer... read more January 25, 2016 by


 
U.S. Capitol Building

Budget Bill Cuts EPA Funding, But Keeps Clean Power Plan Intact

Late last week, Congressional leaders reached an agreement on a $1.1 trillion spending bill that would fund the government through September. The negotiations lasted until... read more December 21, 2015 by


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

Tesla Continues To Try To Sell Electric Cars In Michigan; State Ignores It

Tesla is currently banned from selling its electric cars directly to customers in Michigan. Last year, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill requiring all new vehicles... read more December 9, 2015 by


 
Canadian Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau with flag  [photo: Liberal.ca]

New Government, New Hope For More Electric Cars In Canada?

Canadian electric vehicle advocates can look at the election of Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party with cautious optimism, and not just for the party's promise to install... read more November 10, 2015 by


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

'Numerous' Advantages To Laws Mandating Car Dealers, Tesla 'Inconvenient': NADA Chairman

Count on the car-dealer lobbyists of America to keep fighting the good fight on behalf of the state franchise laws that protect their members' businesses by making it illegal... read more October 19, 2015 by


 
Electricity grid substation (Image: FirstEnergy Corp on Flickr, used under CC license)

Report Names Funders Of Anti-Solar-Power Initiatives & Legislation

As home-solar installations proliferate, electric utilities are worried about what effect that could have on their business. There's been much talk among analysts about... read more October 15, 2015 by


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

Tesla Doubles Down On Fight For Direct Sales In Michigan, Detroit Three's Home Turf

Tesla Motors can't sell its electric cars in the home state of the Detroit Three automakers, but it's long wanted to change that. Last October, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder... read more August 5, 2015 by


 
2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car, Newport Beach, CA, Nov 2014

Toyota Tackles Hydrogen Fueling Challenges As Mirai Launch Approaches: UPDATED

As this autumn's launch of the 2016 Toyota Mirai fuel-cell car approaches, its maker is taking steps to ensure that the small number of initial buyers and lessees will be... read more July 30, 2015 by


 
First 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell delivered to lessee at Tustin Hyundai, June 2014

Why Do Fuel-Cell Vehicles Make Electric-Car Advocates So Crazy?

Last Thursday, Green Car Reports published a story noting that the several dozen drivers of Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicles had expressed deep frustration with the... read more July 28, 2015 by


 
2011 Nissan Leaf plugged into an EVgo quick-charging station, Texas

Refuting Selective, Slanted Coverage Of Electric Cars: The Pioneer's Never-Ending Task

It's a hard-wired human response to be wary of new or changing things. In past millennia, it may have kept us alive longer. And when you're talking about a household's... read more July 27, 2015 by


 
BlueIndy electric-car sharing station and European Bollore BlueCar, Indianapolis, Indiana, May 2014

BlueIndy Electric Car-Sharing Parking Spaces Fought By Indianapolis Businesses

It always seemed unlikely, but the BlueIndy electric-car sharing program is getting closer to its rollout in the Midwestern city of Indianapolis, Indiana. The French-made... read more July 14, 2015 by


 
Sun Country Highway electric-car charging station, Burnaby, BC, Canada [photo: Matthew Klippenstein]

Plug-In Electric Cars & Politics In Canada: Taking The Pulse

Factoring in likely June sales volume from Tesla and others, it's likely that about 2,500 plug-in electric vehicles were sold in Canada in the first half of 2015. This... read more July 13, 2015 by


 

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