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Tesla will have to stop selling its cars directly in the state starting April 1

Tesla Motors 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. 
According to CNBC, 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. 

Source: CNBC

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RE: Yet Again
By Reclaimer77 on 3/12/2014 9:07:41 PM , Rating: 2
I challenge you to name one of these supposed "union states" where it is ILLEGAL for a company to sell goods if they're not unionized.

There ARE states where non-union companies cannot bid for jobs, or sell their product, in certain situations. Usually when it comes to government jobs. This is one example of the anti-competitive nature of unions. Kind of shocked you aren't aware of this practice.

You seem to be extremely confused on unions. Labor unions aren't the ONLY kind of union, you know?

Again you've yet to convince me the NADA isn't a union. They're a big money union, and New Jersey has been in the pocket of the unions since before we were born.

For some reason, however, you had a problem with me stating this.

Mint, I know this Tesla situation is painful to you. Because it challenges your Liberal ideology of free market = bad and unions = good. But don't blow a gasket.

RE: Yet Again
By Mint on 3/12/2014 9:26:27 PM , Rating: 2
There ARE states where non-union companies cannot bid for jobs, or sell their product, in certain situations.

Yeah, because the union is in a contract with the company or gov't in question. Never is it encoded in law that they cannot bid. Never are they prohibited from doing business in the state with consumers.

Dealers have no contract with Tesla, and no contract with the general consumer. It is not a labor union, nor anything like it. They issue here is that they are a grossly successful lobbying entity.

Any talk about non-labor unions is just a strawman from you that has nothing to do with right-to-work. If you are going to use such the term so broadly, then the whole country is a union, un-unionized companies are in unions, the GOP is a union, etc...

RE: Yet Again
By Reclaimer77 on 3/12/2014 9:31:23 PM , Rating: 2

Okay you win, this is so goddamn boring I don't care anymore.

If you can't be bothered to comprehend and not put words in people's mouths, I don't see why we should continue.

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