Maybe Tesla should build its proposed gigafactory in the Evergreen State. Last week, Washington Govermor Jay Inslee signed a bill that will allow Tesla to keep selling its electric vehicles through its showrooms and not have to work through third-party dealerships, Automotive News says. That means the California-based electric-vehicle maker can keep its showrooms in Seattle and Bellevue open.

Oddly, the bill appears to more-or-less grandfather Tesla into factory-to-customer legality, allowing Tesla to expand its number of showrooms while preventing any other automaker who didn't have a state dealership license as of January 1, 2014, to do the same. The news isn't exactly stunning, given the state's largely pro-green attitude and progressive approach to plug-in vehicle technology. A fast-charging-station network has been built along Interstate 5 in both Washington and Oregon, and, as of late 2013, Washington's I-5 stations were getting used about twice as much as they were in 2012.

Still, the bill represents a substantial victory for Tesla, whose representatives didn't immediately respond to a request for comment from AutoblogGreen. Last month, New Jersey said Tesla would have to close its two factory-owned stores in the state. Tesla lost a similar battle in Texas last year, while the company has made some headway in states like Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina and Ohio. Last year, Tesla chief Elon Musk went as far as saying he'd go to the federal government to try to overturn such laws, but that avenue of attack has not yet been attempted.


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      Grendal
      • 8 Months Ago
      Arinzona voted down the bill to allow Tesla to sell in the state.
        NestT
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Grendal
        Not exactly. Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert. did not allow the pro-Tesla bill proposed by Arizona State Sen. John McComish, R-Ahwatukee, to come before the Arizona Senate. The current session is coming to an end and there is no time to put it on the schedule. It was not voted down because there was never a vote. Time is on Tesla's side. Hiding behind procedure for dirty spineless politicians will only be tolerated by the voting public for so long.
      Levine Levine
      • 8 Months Ago
      It is a small temporary victory for Tesla and a big set-back for consumer rights. NADA has succeeded in perpetuating an 80 year scam on the American people. While America claims to be capitalism and free market, when the subject is Tesla the apologist for NADA talks about win-a-few, lose-a-few and everything is give-and-take.
        ReflexVE
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Levine Levine
        As someone familiar with the legislators here, they felt it was an accident that it only permitted Tesla, that wasn't what they intended when they drafted the bill. Already several lawmakers are looking to get a fix passed to open it up to any EV's, not just Tesla.
      Marco Polo
      • 8 Months Ago
      The Legislature of the State of Washington, should be applauded for adopting a shrewd compromise that delivers both sides what they need. Both Tesla and WSADA lobbyists can report success to their respective clients. Tesla is able to pursue sales in it's most receptive state, while the Dealers have seen the rules tightened to ensure no OEM can use Tesla as a stalking horse, thereby abating their worst fears. Part of the credit for achieving this compromise, must be awarded to the flexible and conciliatory approach by the WSADA's executive Vice President, Vicki Giles Fabre, Grassroots Coordinator, Jamie Rawlings,NADA director, Marlene Hollenback. The State of Washington, has one of the largest and most politically active environmental movements. WSADA leaders are aware that many WSADA members are actively involved with local environmental initiatives, and are well disposed to EV technology. All in all, maybe it's sometimes better to get what you need, than what you want...( cue.. Rolling Stones :)
      EVSUPERHERO
      • 8 Months Ago
      My experience is the salesmen are no different. The service department says it is not for profit yet they charge a hourly rate the same as Cadillac maybe more. The car keeps getting improved through software updates and will continue to get better as it should. They needed to sell the model S to stay in business. It is basically a unfinished car that they are completing in the wild in peoples garages at night as it charges and updates. They need to get a far better browser than the one they have now. Super chargers may get more use in WA. The one in Centrailia gets and will continue to get my business. The other two won't get much business from me. Their may have been 4 Tesla s charging simultaneously counting me at the Centrailia location a couple of times, there are 13 bays with hoses to dispense fuel. I am their two times a week and suck a couple of hundred miles each time out of the grid and Elon Musks wallet. Hope there is no increases for my fuel this summer, after all the driving season is upon us and it is open season on gassers. Oh wait, Elon is paying for my fuel, never mind. Are they going to give away free hydrogen fuel for the Natural gas fuel cell cars that will be coming out in the next 100 years? Is Toyota doing that? I haven't heard.
        Jon
        • 8 Months Ago
        @EVSUPERHERO
        Curios, do you visit the supercharger because you cannot easily charge at home/for convenience or to take advantage of the free fuel? How long do you typically spend there when you go?
        Grendal
        • 8 Months Ago
        @EVSUPERHERO
        Congratulations! The closest Superchager to me is 150 miles away for now. I'm hoping a few others will open up before I get my Model S but that is unlikely. I'm going for my test drive next month.
        EVSUPERHERO
        • 8 Months Ago
        @EVSUPERHERO
        Marco, Grendal asked me the same question about a month ago. At the risk of being boring I will repeat. I purchased a loner with 6,100 miles and the rock chips and some scratches already installed for me. : ) Car is Black with the leather package with red bolster,alcantara trim, ambient lighting, premium sound, twin chargers, kids seats, sunroof, tech package, alcantara roof liner, 21 inch rims, it is a P85+ so I already burnt through my first set of rear tires at 9,500 miles. I think I got pretty much every option they had when the car was built in July of 2013. I wanted the parking sensors and fog lights as well but they came out on the cars that were built in August of 2013. My car optioned out to approx 122k dollars at today's prices. I paid 101,161 dollars and some odd cents. I was also given a P85+ shirt and a Tesla Jacket. I am purchasing the oem 19 inch rims to mitigate the rear tire wear on the P85+. Each tire, 265/35/21, is 440 dollars plus mounting and balance. It took me two months to drive them until one went flat on me. Jon, I visit the SC in Centrailia because it is on my way to Seattle where I work as a Uber driver. It is 91 miles away from my house but I use approx 120 miles range to get there because I drive at 77 mph. I only charge the car to approx130 miles range at my house. I figure I would be stopping at the SC anyway even if I left my house with a full charge. I charge to about 95 percent, maybe more because I want all the range I can get as I enter Seattle and pick up fairs for Uberx, I plan on putting approx 200k miles on the Tesla in four years. Grendal, Elon Musk has always maintained the SC's were for road trips. However the Service Center in Seattle has told me they have plans for building one in Seattle because demand for the model s is so high there. That would be great for me as I am spending much time in Seattle driving/working their but it is not scheduled to happen for a year or so. Their is a SC in Woodburn Oregon which is only approx 35 miles from my house in Portland but I never drive their to charge unless I am headed south on I5 anyway. I found some free Clipper Creek chargers that put out 80 amps in Kirkland WA in a company called Nytechs parking lot about a block away from the Google campus. These chargers are equal to the HPWC at the Tesla service centers. Awesome chargers the Clipper Creek chargers. Kudos to Nytech for installing them when I am sure they could have gone a cheaper route. A side note would be that most cars including Teslas will never be able to utilize these chargers to their full extent unless they have a Tesla and even then they must have the onboard twin charger option to do so. One onboard Tesla charger will only allow the car to draw 40 amps, dual onboard chargers allow 80 amps to be drawn.
          Marco Polo
          • 8 Months Ago
          @EVSUPERHERO
          @ EVSUPERHERO Excellent choice, at an excellent price ! ( I'm not quite sure about your chosen career a an 'uber-driver', but maybe things are different in Seattle ) Could you believe just a few years ago, that this day would come so soon ? .
          Grendal
          • 8 Months Ago
          @EVSUPERHERO
          I have no problem with the concept of Superchargers for road trips. That puts the impetus on the owner to find a way to power their own car on a daily basis. I plan on going solar as soon as possible. Covering the energy for travelling is more than fair and proves one of the greatest strengths of an EV. I can also see the strength of building a major Supercharger station in various large cities. It could pay for itself in free advertising. Thanks for repeating the details of your purchase. I'd forgotten over the months. I'm trying to get a test drive in Denver next month.
          EVSUPERHERO
          • 8 Months Ago
          @EVSUPERHERO
          Well Marco, my career choice was limited if I want to purchase the most kick ass EV out their and give strangers a ride in it all day for a bit of money. My goal as treasurer of the OEVA for five and a half years was to expose EV's to the public in general. My career as a carpet cleaner for 20 years was questionable. When I was 28 I new I wanted to be in business and or own a business. At 51 I know what business I want to be in. Making money in that business is another story. I could up my income level by being a uber Black Car service instead of uberx as Tesla does qualify as a black car. For now I am happy doing what I am doing. Happy counts for alot in life. After all most people are stuck doing a job because it gives them the required amount of income they need. I just want to do something that makes me happy and earn a little money doing it. I could move to Seattle and make a grand per week working 40 hours. Right now I am happy working 3 days per week for 500 or so and then heading back to my house and dog in Portland. I could move up to black car and most probably clear 1500-2000 per week working 40 hours but I am not sure until I do it, so their are options. Uber is fighting to stay in Seattle right now so their is that complication as well. I am having fun giving people rides. Like I said, the two most comments I get are, "I have never been in a Tesla before" and "That is a really big screen". Yes, who would have thought in 2007 their would be a car that actually competes with the gas cars as a taxi. Tesla is having it's growing pains but it is a great car.
        Marco Polo
        • 8 Months Ago
        @EVSUPERHERO
        @ EVSUPERHERO Congratulations on purchasing a Model S. Which variation did you select ?
      • 8 Months Ago
      and this happened a few months ago....
      Doug
      • 8 Months Ago
      This blog post keeps referring to "the bill", but if the governor signed it, it's law is it? It's worth reading the source article for the NADA quotes.
      Electron
      • 8 Months Ago
      More universal legislation is needed that either makes the use of franchise dealers a free choice for all carmakers or at least recognises that plug-ins are a fundamentally different product with fundamentally different retail needs compared to traditional cars (leaner, less maintenance revue dependent, main street-info focussed rather than industrial estate-workshop focussed locations) and therefore allows for a tailor made retail model for all plug-in offerings.
      Grendal
      • 8 Months Ago
      Thanks for the clarification. Good to know.
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