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Gov. Rick Perry  (Source: Bloomberg)
He said the pros of allowing this would outweigh the cons

Not long ago, Texas told Tesla Motors to take a hike when the automaker wanted to sell its electric vehicles (EV) directly to customers without the use of auto dealers. But it seems that the Lone Star state is changing its tune now that Tesla's giant Gigafactory is on the line. 
 
According to Dallas News, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) indicated that Texas needs to take a second look at its state rules -- which he referred to as "antiquated" -- that prevent Tesla from selling its EVs directly to customers. 
 
"Tesla’s a big project,” said Perry. “The cachet of being able to say we put that manufacturing facility in your state is hard to pass up.
 
“I think it’s time for Texans to have an open conversation about this, the pros and the cons. I’m gonna think the pros of allowing this to happen outweigh the cons.”
 
Perry wants Tesla's Gigafactory, which the automaker plans to build in a Southwest state in the U.S. The factory aims to supply batteries for up to 500,000 EVs by the year 2020. The gigafactory would cost $5 billion USD, span as much as 1,000 acres, and employ about 6,500 people. It would also largely be powered by renewable energy. 
 
Four states -- Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada -- are pushing to become the site for the Gigafactory. Whichever state Tesla chooses will see great economic benefits from the large-scale plant; hence Texas' new view on direct sales.
 
The state realizes that Tesla likely won't choose it if Texas doesn’t allow the automaker to sell its vehicles without the help of auto dealers. 
 
It's possible that Tesla CEO Elon Musk is using the Gigafactory as leverage to get the direct sales laws changed in certain U.S. states, and it looks to be working as Arizona recently passed a bill to allow Tesla to do just that.
 
 
Texas Rep. Jason Villalba (R, Dallas) recently wrote Musk a letter in an attempt to patch things up with the automaker. He said he's a proponent of the Tesla-backed House Bill 3351, and that Texas is the perfect state for the Gigafactory due to its warm climate (for the solar-ran factory) and large labor pool to fill factory positions.  
 
Earlier this month, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration proposed a new rule that requires a person to have a franchise agreement with an auto manufacturer in order to be granted a license to sell. Tesla already had two stores in the state at the time. 
 
Shortly after, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission voted in favor of the ban of direct auto sales. This means that the two stores must be turned into showrooms and nothing more after April 1, 2014. 
 
New Jersey is now the third state to ban Tesla's direct sales model. 

Source: Dallas News



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By Reclaimer77 on 3/25/2014 8:47:40 PM , Rating: -1
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And so you have pulled something over your eyes and can't see how stupid his is now that there is money and jobs at stake that he is NOW changing his mind?


Do you guys want Tesla selling cars in Texas or do you not?

Seems like you're more interested in playing Bash the Republican than getting what you claimed you wanted.

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Money talks - and especially for politicians, maybe you can't see that either?


Excuse me, but Musk isn't bribing him with campaign contributions or lobbying (that we're aware of) for him to arrive at this decision. He's just making the best choice for the people of his State.

What's the big problem here again? You're getting what you want, take the win however you can get it, and shut up.


By retrospooty on 3/26/2014 8:07:58 AM , Rating: 2
I know, why is this so tough for people to get? Whether you like Perry or not, him trying to get this changed and win a factory that means money and jobs for his state. That is what a governor is supposed to do, work toward improving the state and its finances for the betterment of its citizens. In this case, how can anyone possibly disagree with him changing his mind?


By Mint on 3/26/2014 1:04:47 PM , Rating: 2
Precisely. This is exactly what people want from politicians: when the public overwhelmingly wants something, and it supports a politician's campaign principles, then get it done. Flip-flopping is better than blind intransigence.

This is why Musk decided to start this fight. He knew how the public felt about car dealers, and knew how easy it is to sell his position as pro-business.

Some demands from campaign donors aren't worth supporting. Within a couple years, I doubt any politician will want to be seen in the pockets of the dealer associations.


By flyingpants1 on 3/26/2014 2:32:31 PM , Rating: 2
Pretty genius how he highlighted 4 states as canditates for the gigafactory, just to manipulate 'em into reconsidering their laws.


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