Tesla’s Possible Battle in New York on Ice For Now; North Carolina Throws Out Similar Bill

Tesla Model S

As an addendum to the story regarding dealerships attempting to block Tesla sales in different states across America: a possible battle in New York has stalled for now. Earlier this month, a couple of bills were introduced in the state Senate and Assembly that would have made it illegal to register cars purchased directly from the manufacturer. Tesla is the only major automaker that engages in such sales, so the bills seemed to directly target the EV manufacturer. The legislature ended the 2013 session today without considering the bill, and will not be able to pick it up again until January at the earliest.

The bill was supported by the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, just like the respective Dealers Associations in other states. The associations argue that dealer networks are needed to stock cars to suit local tastes, and to service customers’ maintenance requests. If that explanation was the only motive, then it shouldn’t have any bearing on what Tesla does. The most likely reason for their apprehension and nervousness is the precedent that Tesla will set. After all, if an automaker could be extremely successful by selling cars directly to customers, why wouldn’t others follow suit and cut out the middleman?

A possible fight in North Carolina has also been shut down after a House Committee threw out a similar bill.


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About Cameron Rogers

Cameron Rogers is the founder and lead writer at Downshift Autos, the only automotive blog on the Internet*. Born in the back of an AMC Gremlin, Cameron vowed to never let this extraordinarily embarrassing detail define him, so help him God. He drives a GTI but absolutely will not shut up about it if somebody asks. He will not hesitate to let people know that no, they shouldn't get a Porsche 911 when a Morgan 3 Wheeler is so obviously the superior choice. He is obsessed with the seats of a Carrera GT and the steering wheel of a Fisker Karma. He once sat in the driver's seat of a Tesla Model S, his greatest accomplishment to date. He is just now realizing that writing an autobiography, however miniscule, in the third person is odd and unnerving. *As of this writing, Cameron has been informed that there are, in fact, many websites and blogs centered around cars and car culture. He regrets his grievous error.

One response to “Tesla’s Possible Battle in New York on Ice For Now; North Carolina Throws Out Similar Bill”

  1. Mike Carr says :

    Again its just another example of dealers not facing up to the reality of the modern marketplace and its not like teslas sell in enough numbers anyway to justify their own dealer network!

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