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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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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 


 
Chevrolet Spark EV at CCS fast charging station in San Diego.

California, Washington Lead All Other States In Electric-Car Ownership Rates

For anyone who follows the U.S. electric-car market even casually, some new data on which states have the largest numbers of them probably doesn't count as news. A recent... read more December 17, 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 


 
Seattle Center as night falls (photo by Jeffery Hayes)

Washington State To Give Electric Cars Tax Breaks, Carpool-Lane Access?

Several states have tried to boost electric-car adoption with cash incentives, tax breaks, and perks like carpool-lane access. The West Coast states of California and Oregon... 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 


 
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]

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 


 
2015 Nissan Leaf

CA To Require New Buildings To Be Prepped For Electric-Car Charging Stations

With extensive electrical infrastructure already in place in built-up areas, plug-in electric cars are never too far from a potential recharging source. But retrofitting... read more October 23, 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 


 
Tesla Store  -  Portland OR

Michigan Car Dealers Slip One Over On Tesla, Ban Direct Sales: UPDATED

Tesla Motors and its supporters have rallied numerous times against attacks on the electric-car maker's company-owned stores, but a Michigan bill banning its online... read more October 16, 2014 by 


 
2015 Nissan Leaf

Changes To CA Rules May Cut Zero-Emission Vehicle Requirement

California's rules requiring six automakers to sell specified numbers of zero-emission vehicles starting in 2012 have had a substantial impact. But a meeting to be held one... read more October 16, 2014 by 


 
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