Tesla decries special interest group legislation, asks for same
For those who have been under a rock for the past three years, Tesla is an automobile manufacturer. Specifically, they make luxury electric cars in relatively low volumes. Their plan is to do that a while longer and then introduce a breakthrough vehicle for us all that is compelling to drive, electric, and affordable.
One advantage that makes Tesla very special is the company does not have any car dealers. It sells its products and services its products directly. When you buy a Tesla, you buy from Tesla. You don’t have to go through most of the stereotypical things we dislike about dealerships. That is where it runs into some trouble.
Most people hate to buy cars. Most people blame car dealers for this. So, right off the bat, Tesla is ahead in terms of public opinion. However, Tesla is running into legal challenges in all markets, but a few key ones in particular. Long ago all the car dealers got together and formed a sort of cartel. They used their influence to get state legislators to pass laws that say only car dealers can sell cars. There was good reason for this. They were afraid of holding huge inventory and making huge investments and then having the principals they sold for (the car makers) sell direct and undercut them.
Tesla is now fighting a guerrilla war all over the US against these laws. In some places like Texas, it is losing the fight. In other places, like Ohio it is winning. Right now in Georgia Tesla is backing a bill that creates an exemption to existing law that allows for zero emissions vehicle makers (electric car makers) to sell up to 1500 of their cars directly each year. It previously had a smaller exemption. This would allow only Tesla to continue to increase its sales while selling directly in Georgia. The other EV automakers like Nissan won’t sell direct because they have dealers who would be mighty angry if they indeed sold direct around them. As a Tesla fan, I cheer when Tesla wins cases like this and I support the company’s efforts.