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Anti-Tesla Laws In AZ, MI, NJ & TX Nominated For 'Luddite Award'

Anti-Tesla Laws In AZ, MI, NJ & TX Nominated For 'Luddite Award'

Awards to dealerships and car-dealer groups are common, and often both appreciated and promoted by their recipients. A new award nomination that recognizes the work of state dealer lobbyists, however, is not likely to get that appreciation or publicity--at least from dealers in those four states... read more

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Daan Roosegaard's designs for safer highways

Low Gas Price An Opportunity For Higher Gas Tax? Not A Chance

With gasoline costing 40 percent less than it did just six months ago--and under $2 a gallon in many states--you might think this would be a good time to discuss raising the... read more January 5, 2015 by 


 
National Drive Electric Week 2014: Atlanta. Photo by Michael Beinenson.

Fight To Watch: Georgia Plans To Alter Electric-Car Tax Credit

Over the last two years, the metropolitan Atlanta area has become one of the single best sales regions for the Nissan Leaf electric car. That's due to a $5,000 Georgia state... read more December 30, 2014 by 


 
2009 Hummer H2

Gas Guzzler Tax Deduction Restored To $500K For 2014 By Budget Bill

If politics is the art of successful compromise--defined as outcomes that make all parties equally unhappy--then the recent budget extension bill offers something for... read more December 29, 2014 by 


 
Electric power plant outside Ithaca, New York

EPA Power Plant Carbon Regulations Late, Hostile Congress Likely To Fight Them

The EPA regulations limiting the amount of carbon that can be emitted by existing powerplants may be the most crucial step forward in environmental policy made by the... read more December 22, 2014 by 


 
MetLife electric-car charging station for employee use - Johnstown, Pennsylvania

Tax Breaks Back For Electric-Car Charging Stations, Natural-Gas Cars, Through End Of Year

It's the end of another Congressional session, which means that a budget extension bill has now been rushed through and is likely to be signed. Called The Tax Increase... read more December 19, 2014 by 


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

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... read more December 17, 2014 by 


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

Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicle Tax Credit Expires This Month: Will It Be Renewed?

Financial and other incentives are widely viewed as a good way to kickstart the adoption of new green vehicles, largely to compensate for their higher prices against... read more December 3, 2014 by 


 
2015 Toyota Prius Liftback

Wisconsin: Higher Taxes For Hybrids, Electrics For Not Burning Enough Gas To Fund Road Repairs?

It's not news that the roads and bridges in many states are falling into disrepair. Much of the money to fund maintenance of this infrastructure comes from taxes on fuel, but... read more December 2, 2014 by 


 
Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California

How Oil Companies Fight CA's Clean Energy: Playbook Leaked Accidentally

When it comes to curtailing carbon emissions, California leads the way. Its policies promoting clean energy and zero-emission vehicles are the most comprehensive of any... read more November 28, 2014 by 


 
Reception at Tesla Store in New York Ciy following cross-country road trip in Model S electric cars

Michigan Anti-Tesla Law 'Unnecessary Protectionism': AutoNation CEO

Never let it be said that AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson doesn't speak his mind. His latest stunner came last week, when he deemed auto-dealer efforts to ban all direct sales by... read more November 10, 2014 by 


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

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

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 November 7, 2014 by 


 
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 


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

The Videos Car Dealers Hate: Is It 'Haggling' Or 'Negotiating'?

Car dealers often come in for criticism, especially among electric-car advocates and Tesla Motors supporters who have watched state dealership lobbying groups make Tesla's... read more October 25, 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 


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

Do Dealer Efforts To Ban Tesla Sales Backfire When Public Notices?

Are car dealers winning battles against Tesla Motors, and its direct-sales model, that will set them up to lose the bigger war? For almost five years, state dealer... read more October 17, 2014 by 


 
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