Tesla Loses Out in New Jersey's Vote for Direct Auto Sales Ban
March 12, 2014 12:44 PM
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Tesla will have to stop selling its cars directly in the state starting April 1
called New Jersey out
yesterday for introducing a new rule that would block the automaker's ability to sell electric vehicles directly to customers, but it didn't seem to do much good as the state went ahead and voted in favor of it.
, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission voted in favor of the ban of direct auto sales in the state on Tuesday. This means that Tesla must stop selling its electric vehicles directly to customers in the state beginning on April 1, 2014.
Tesla already operates two stores in New Jersey, and had plans to open more before this new rule. It's possible that Tesla could use them as showrooms now, where customers can look at the Model S, but must go buy them from dealerships or online.
New Jersey is now the third state to ban Tesla's direct sales model. Arizona and Texas were the first two states to give Tesla the boot.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration proposed the new rule earlier this week, which requires a person to have a franchise agreement with an auto manufacturer in order to be granted a license to sell.
Following the announcement of that rule, Tesla
went to its website
to make its opposition known.
"Unfortunately, Monday we received news that Governor Christie’s administration has gone back on its word to delay a proposed anti-Tesla regulation so that the matter could be handled through a fair process in the Legislature," said Tesla in a statement. "The Administration has decided to go outside the legislative process by expediting a rule proposal that would completely change the law in New Jersey. This new rule, if adopted, would curtail Tesla’s sales operations and jeopardize our existing retail licenses in the state."
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said in the past that he'd be willing to take the auto dealership battle to a federal level if needed.
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RE: Yet Again
3/12/2014 2:58:47 PM
If you work for a living and vote for either of your only two parties, you're a fool.
Get a new party, you stupid country.
RE: Yet Again
3/13/2014 4:34:41 AM
Agreed. How the OP got rated to 5 is beyond me; there's plenty of stupidity in both of the 2 major parties--more than enough to warrant viable 3rd parties.
I'm against gun-control and pro-choice. Who the *#$%#& do I vote for? One party wants to ban guns based on how they "look" ("30 caliber clip", "30 clip magazine", and many other WTF did he/she just say quotes). The other is opposed to net-neutrality and sees no issues whatsoever with vertically integrated content owners and content providers (read: ISP's).
"Teh Stupid" is at epidemic levels--and I'm not convinced that it's just DC politicians. I'm more apt to believe that they truly are representative of the people, and that apathy and idiocy has firmly taken root across a major cross-section of the USA.
Clausewitz said that war is an extension of politics by alternate means. Isn't it ironic that so few of our legislators now have had any military experience--especially in light of Clausewitz's truism?
"I'd be pissed too, but you didn't have to go all Minority Report on his ass!" -- Jon Stewart on police raiding Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home
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