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

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

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 to sell its electric cars online, deliver them to customers, and open as many Tesla Store showrooms as it wants. In others... read more

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

Tesla Sales Now Legal As Little Maryland Goes Big On Electric Cars

Well, add one more to the list of states where Tesla Motors can legally sell its electric cars--and do so without having to use franchised dealers. The Maryland General... read more April 16, 2015 by 


 
New Honda of Seattle dealership (rendering), Mar 2015

Seattle Honda Dealer Adopts Tesla & Apple Sales Elements, Learns Lessons

Tesla Motors' direct online sales model has led to state-by-state battles with franchised dealers and their lobbyists. While Tesla works to sell its electric cars in as many... read more April 9, 2015 by 


 
Georgia license plate

Insult To Injury? GA Kills Electric-Car Incentive, Adds Last-Minute Luxury-Car Tax Break

It hasn't been a particularly good year so far for electric-car purchase incentives. As feared by advocates, last week Georgia passed a highway-funding bill that killed its... read more April 6, 2015 by 


 
Georgetown, Texas, by Flickr user Matt Turner (Used under CC License)

Georgetown, Texas: Far From Green, But 100 Percent Renewable Energy--Why?

While the politics of climate change remain contentious in the U.S.--if not in much of the rest of the developed world--that doesn't have to hold up the growth of... read more April 4, 2015 by 


 
Pair of Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric cars parked at work  [photo: Jen Danzinger]

IL Suspends Clean-Car Rebates; GA Tax Credit In Trouble Too; Texas Next?

State tax credits and purchase rebates have proven effective in kickstarting the early market for plug-in electric cars and other green vehicles. But they don't last forever... read more March 27, 2015 by 


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

Tesla Store Helpful, Enthusiastic; One Chevy Volt Dealer, Not So Much

It's long been known that getting some car dealerships to sell plug-in electric cars can be a challenge. Now, one reporter tested the thesis for himself, by visiting both his... read more March 27, 2015 by 


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

Dear Tesla: Car And Driver's Hilarious Take On Why Car Dealers Are Awesome

Ah, satire. From Jonathan Swift's "modest proposal" to MAD Magazine in the formative years of many pre-teen boys, it serves as a bracing reminder of the absurdity of life... read more March 25, 2015 by 


 
British Columbia   [image: Wikimedia Commons]

British Columbia Brings Back Electric-Car Purchase Rebates

Yesterday, the Province of British Columbia announced the return of its Clean Energy Vehicle (CEV) incentive program, effective April 1. The program's return was the... read more March 24, 2015 by 


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

As Solar Power Spreads, Diverse Users Fight Utility Attempts To Penalize It

You'd be surprised how much a rooftop solar panel can make utility-company executives sweat. Home solar installations are on the rise in the U.S., and that has electric... read more March 21, 2015 by 


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

Tesla Wins One In Jersey: Gov Christie Signs Bill To OK Four Stores

A new bill signed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will once again allow Tesla Motors to sell its electric cars in the state. Tesla operated its direct-sale retail... read more March 19, 2015 by 


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

Report On Tesla-Style Direct Sales Cites GM Brazil Program Ended In 2006

The topic of Tesla Motors and its direct-sales model continues to roil state legislatures, with bills for and against the practice under debate in several states. In May... read more March 10, 2015 by 


 
Gas pump

Oregon To Test Nation's First Per-Mile Road Fee In Lieu Of Gas Taxes

As cars get more efficient, their owners spend less money on fuel. That's good for their wallets and for the environment, but not so good for the nation's infrastructure... read more March 9, 2015 by 


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

Bill To Kill Georgia's Electric-Car Tax Credit Rises From The Dead

State politics can be a funny thing. Last week, a Georgia House bill to end the state's $5,000 tax credit for purchase or lease of a battery-electric vehicle was voted down... read more February 25, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Model S P85D, 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Tesla Vs Franchised Car Dealers In Texas, Arizona: Battles Continue

The battle between Tesla Motors and car-dealer groups has flared up again on two familiar fronts. Both Texas and Arizona have seen skirmishes before between Tesla and groups... read more February 11, 2015 by 


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

New NADA Chairman Will Continue Anti-Tesla 'Get The Facts' Campaign

Last June, the National Automobile Dealers Association launched a publicity campaign to convince car buyers why it's in their own best interests that dealers make it illegal... read more February 5, 2015 by 


 

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