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Published on August 6th, 2019 | by Johnna Crider


Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards Experiences The Tesla Model X At National Night Out

August 6th, 2019 by  

It’s National Night Out, and you know what that means! Food, community partnerships, and hot summer nights of fun just before school starts. The event started as a way to bring together communities to help fight crime in a positive way. Tonight marks 17 years of get-togethers across the nation.

In Sulphur, Louisiana, many organizations — including the Louisiana State Police, Office of Homeland Security, US Coast Guard, LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, several local area police departments, and Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office — participated in a unique event: an antique car show.

Karen Rudisill loves showing off her Tesla Model X at various car shows and had a special invite from Officer AJ Powell, Training Officer for the Sulphur Police Department. Even though it was an antique car show, they wanted to show off something new, fresh, and exciting as well. What is more exciting than a Tesla Model X, a car that Elon Musk has called the Faberge Egg of cars?

The event was held at the West-Cal Arena and Event Center.

Photo courtesy Karen Rudisill, used with permission.

Among the attendees was Louisiana’s governor, John Bel Edwards, and his wife. Karen got to show them the Model X, Atari games, and even Romance Mode.

“I showed him the Atari games to play while sitting at the supercharger. But when it’s just him and the Mrs. I showed him Romance mode. He laughed.”

She adds, “He thought the falcon-wing doors were cool.”

Karen and LA Governor Edwards in the Model X. Photo courtesy Karen Rudisill, used with permission.

In 2017, Governor Edwards signed a bill into law that prohibited Tesla from selling cars directly in Louisiana, making it one of more than a dozen states where Tesla is not allowed to sell its vehicles.

According to The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, a Tesla spokesperson responded in a statement: “Tesla wants to invest tens of millions of dollars in Louisiana, add hundreds of jobs, and make significant contributions to local and state tax revenue. All we’re asking is the right to serve our customers here.

“Whether they choose to buy from their local dealership or direct from a manufacturer like Tesla, how people choose to spend their hard-earned money on a purchase as significant as a vehicle should be entirely their choice, not something that’s dictated by government regulations.”

Karen and LA Governor John Bel Edwards. Photo courtesy Karen Rudisill, used with permission.

Perhaps Karen showing our governor (I’m a Louisiana resident) the Model X and giving him the full Tesla experience will encourage him to embrace Tesla and a new way of buying cars. This event could be not only a win for Tesla, but also Louisiana residents who have never experienced Tesla and attended National Night Out.

All in all, it was a successful and fun-filled event that Tesla got to be a part of, and now CleanTechnica as well. 

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Johnna Crider is a Baton Rouge artist, gem and mineral collector, and Tesla shareholder who believes in Elon Musk and Tesla. Elon Musk advised her in 2018 to “Believe in Good.” Tesla is one of many good things to believe in. You can find Johnna on Twitter

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