Ohio is once again safe for Tesla, but for how long?

The Columbus Dispatch reported both sides of the aisle in the state legislature passed Bill 137 without the rushed anti-Tesla amendment supported by the Ohio Auto Dealers Association.

The paragraph-long amendment would have banned automakers from selling their products directly to consumers. Tesla plans to own all of their dealerships outright, rather than create a franchise network.

The fight in Ohio isn't necessarily over for Tesla. Auto dealer lobbies hold a lot of money and clout in state and local politics and the dealers association is expected to renew their legislative efforts next year. Franchised dealers argue Tesla's direct sales business model puts traditional dealerships at a disadvantage.

According to Autoblog Green, there are 250 Tesla EV owners in the Buckeye State. The automaker plans on opening two dealerships within the next two weeks.

Tesla has faced opposition in several states. So far, the automaker has dealt with legislative battles in Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York and North Carolina. Texas, which has the most stringent laws, bans Tesla from opening a dealership, advertising its service centers or discussing sales with consumers.

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