Connecticut EV owners are still fighting for their right to buy EVs in their state. Recently, I reported on how local dealerships were doing their best to get the bill blocked. Yesterday, Rivian showed up to lend more support. The EV Club of Connecticut and the Tesla Owners Club of Connecticut shared their experiences.
Had the incredible opportunity to see the @Rivian R1T. They were in Connecticut to gather even more support for #EVfreedomCT. The governor even came out to see it yesterday! pic.twitter.com/jf82uOZ9fr
— Tesla Owners Connecticut (@CtTesla) May 14, 2021
Rivian brought the pre-release of its R1T electric truck to Connecticut as a show of support for the EV Freedom Bill, SB 127 — which, if passed, would allow Rivian and other automakers selling EVs to sell directly to consumers. This would bypass the toxic and outdated dealership model and be considered a win for advocates of clean energy and clean electric vehicles.
Special thanks to @Rivian for bringing the pre-release R1T https://t.co/MuGljGYIK5 EV pickup truck to Connecticut today for @EVClubCT to see, in support of SB 127 EV direct sales & delivery, #EVfreedomCT!https://t.co/VmE9SGYqXu@leslietron @JohnnaCrider1
(pics by @paulbraren) pic.twitter.com/8Gwtrpv5Sl
— EV Club of Connecticut (@EVClubCT) May 14, 2021
Senator Will Haskell also shared his thoughts. He tweeted that companies such as Rivian are eager to expand their businesses to Connecticut but the outdated dealership laws prevent this from happening.
Companies like @Rivian are eager to expand their business to Connecticut and sell electric vehicles here. Unfortunately, our antiquated laws prevent them from doing so. It’s time to give consumers a choice, promote business in Connecticut and support EV deployment. pic.twitter.com/MjOUqzsXWe
— Will Haskell (@WillHaskellCT) May 13, 2021
Below are some photos that were provided to CleanTechnica from William Cross from the event. You can view the full album here.