Amsterdam: Model S @ Tesla Store
  • Amsterdam: Model S @ Tesla Store
  • Amsterdam: Model S @ Tesla Store
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  • Amsterdam: Model S @ Tesla Store
  • Amsterdam: Model S @ Tesla Store
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  • Amsterdam: Tesla Store
  • Amsterdam: Tesla Store
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  • Eindhoven: Tesla Store
  • Eindhoven: Tesla Store
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  • There is a Tesla store inside this mall...
  • There is a Tesla store inside this mall...
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  • DC Tesla Store
  • DC Tesla Store
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  • New Tesla Motors store
  • New Tesla Motors store
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  • Tesla store
  • Tesla store
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  • Tesla Tyson's
  • Tesla Tyson's
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  • A Tesla Model S is shown in the showroom at the Washington Square Mall, Friday, July 20, 2012, in Portland, Ore. Tesla Motors only has 24 stores in the world, and now one of them is at Washington Square Mall in Portland. The company produces electric cars and hopes their product will be a hit with eco-conscious Oregonians. The cars can go from zero to 60 mph in less than six seconds, all without a drop of gasoline. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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  • The Tesla showroom is shown at the Washington Square Mall, Friday, July 20, 2012, in Portland, Ore. Tesla Motors only has 24 stores in the world, and now one of them is at Washington Square Mall in Portland. The company produces electric cars and hopes their product will be a hit with eco-conscious Oregonians. The cars can go from zero to 60 mph in less than six seconds, all without a drop of gasoline. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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Last week, it looked like Missouri would join the list of states where Tesla Motors would not be allowed to sell its all-electric vehicles directly to consumers. Without warning, language was inserted into a bill about off-road vehicles what would have prevented direct sales in the state. Tesla called it a "sneak attack" and tried to get supporters to let lawmakers know the law was a bad idea.

"It is not clear that the statues apply to a seller like Tesla" – Missouri Department of Revenue

Thanks to some digging by Tesla fans over at the Tesla Motors Club, it became clear that one of the main drivers of the anti-Tesla legislation was conservative state senator Mike Kehoe, a former Ford and Lincoln-Mercury auto dealer. For some time, Kehoe has been asking the Missouri Department of Revenue if Tesla should have gotten a license to operate its one store in the state (in St. Louis) and said that the automaker's moves were, "clearly designed to circumvent the traditional franchise model for the distribution and sale of new motor vehicles." The DOR responded by saying, "It is clear under Missouri law that traditional manufacturers who already have franchised dealerships in the state may not sell cars directly to consumers. It is not clear that the statues apply to a seller like Tesla, which apparently has not entered into franchise relationships with independent dealers." After Kehoe got that response, it seems, he added the language to the bill. You can read the bill here.

The tide may be turning against the proposed law, though. Tesla has apparently hired 10 lobbyists to makes its case. Local newspaper The Kansas City Star published an opinion column yesterday in support of the automaker. "As a business offering something new and better for the environment overall, Tesla should have been given allowances to operate in a different way in the state," the paper wrote. And the state House Republican majority leader, John Diehl, says he has no plans to move the bill forward because lawmakers are worried it would put a limit on the free market and have unintended consequences.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2014/05/12/5019618/missouri-house-leader-not-fond.html#storylink=cp


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      2 wheeled menace
      • 3 Months Ago
      Glad that they're winning!
      Levine Levine
      • 3 Months Ago
      Another example of a corrupt politician, Kehoe, writing legislation that protects special interest groups at the expense of the consumer and the free market. America has become a disgrace.
      GoodCheer
      • 3 Months Ago
      "Kehoe has (...) said that the automaker's moves were, 'clearly designed to circumvent the traditional franchise model for the distribution and sale of new motor vehicles.'" Uh, yeah, that's exactly the point. Your problem is not in identifying Tesla's objective, it's in figuring out why it's a good thing.
      bluepongo1
      • 3 Months Ago
      I'll be glad when the FTC looks at this mess, it's a shame Tesla Motors had to get lobbyists to keep a pre-internet zombie business model and the pre-internet corrupt parties in the pre-internet crypt-keeper government at bay.
      ElectricAvenue
      • 3 Months Ago
      I think he means "statutes" - or do they have inanimate objects enforcing the law in Missouri?
      lad
      • 3 Months Ago
      I've tried to take the high road here; but, found it "closed for stupidity repair." Dealers have no place in the Tesla World; I'm not sure they belong in the Nissan World either. My Leaf is three now and the only things done has been tire rotations and a software upgrade; any questions are always referred to Nissan's hot phone because the dealer's people know nothing. Dealers are leeches that add to the expense of ownership....took the low road after all and damn I tried hard.
      Jim1961
      • 3 Months Ago
      99% of auto dealers give the rest a bad name.
      Technoir
      • 3 Months Ago
      Elon Musk will win at everything it seems.
      • 3 Months Ago
      --So, after all, where is the spirit of competition that built up this Country of ours ?
      diffrunt
      • 3 Months Ago
      car dealers abhor straightforwardness.
      Snowdog
      • 3 Months Ago
      "It is clear under Missouri law that traditional manufacturers who already have franchised dealerships in the state may not sell cars directly to consumers. It is not clear that the statues apply to a seller like Tesla, which apparently has not entered into franchise relationships with independent dealers." That is the crux of the matter. These laws are there to ensure Frachisees get a fair dealing from Franchisers. They aren't there to force everyone into the Franchise model. Imagine if Mcdonalds got laws like this passed and there could be no independent restaurants. Franchising is only one business model, and it should be optional.
      purrpullberra
      • 3 Months Ago
      These despicable car dealership people are just dirty liars. Every single attempt to stop Tesla is rooted in dealership greed and entitlement and this Kehoe piece of garbage embodies those motives. I'm heartened to hear that so many people can see through the dealership lies but it doesn't excuse the corruption, backroom dealings and un-American activities. Each and every anti-Tesla person has clearly sold their soul to the evil GOP monsters who have trained them. They matter not. Buy Tesla's (and Tesla stock) and help bury them in their own garbage.
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