Published on June 30th, 2013 | by James Ayre14
Tesla Motors Conquers North Carolina
Tesla Motors, as a pioneer in the electric car space, has to fight numerous battles and overcome numerous hurdles that won’t be in the way of electric cars or electric car companies a few years down the road. It’s not winning every one, but it’s good to see that it has more or less won the latest in North Carolina.
Tesla Motors has won yet another legal victory in its fight to sell directly to consumers and bypass the outdated auto-dealership sales model — the North Carolina House of Representatives just scrapped a bill put forward by the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association that would have banned Tesla from selling its universally lauded electric vehicles within the state.
For a bit of background, the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association (NCADA) had used its political ties within the Senate to push for the passing of a bill which would have banned Tesla from selling its vehicles directly to consumers within North Carolina — the argument for them not being allowed to sell within the state simply being that it was “not fair” for them to sell directly to consumers rather than through them, the car dealerships. That’s a bit rich coming from a business so notorious for cheating people….
The North Carolina House of Representatives seems to agree. As of now, the bill is completely dead. Notably, both Governor Pat McCrory and House Speaker Thom Tillis recently went for test drives in Tesla’s vehicles — no doubt something that was quite effective.
This is a great development, and along with Tesla’s other recent victories, bodes well for the company’s future, particularly with regards to its right to sell its vehicles directly to consumers.