The bill says specifically that:
It's that last line that would put an end to Tesla sales in Indiana. Tesla confirmed to AutoblogGreen that it sent out a letter asking its fans to tell their legislators to not pass the bill, which will need some dramatic public persuasion, since a vote on the third reading of the bill on February 2nd passed 92-3. You can read Tesla's letter below.
All dealer licenses issued to a manufacturer under this chapter expire thirty (30) months after the date on which the first dealer license is issued to the manufacturer under this chapter. A dealer license issued to a manufacturer under this chapter may not be renewed.
Tesla drivers and fans are discussing the bill and a potential protest at the state capitol this week on social media and forums. GM needs to stay out of this.
Currently, the Tesla Model S and the Chevy Spark fit into wildly different EV categories, but Tesla and GM will be competing for the next-gen electric vehicle sales when the Model 3 and the Bolt EVs are released. The two companies have attacked each other in the recent past, as we suspect the Indiana battle is not going to be the last skirmish.
We have asked GM for comment, but did not hear back by press time. [UPDATE: GM has responded] You can read the bill for yourself below. HB1254 was officially authored by Rep. Kevin Mahan.
We need your help. Yesterday (2/18), the Indiana Senate Committee on Commerce & Technology held a hearing on a bill that would shut down Tesla in the state. Authored and pushed by General Motors, HB1254 with amendment 3 would prohibit any manufacturer from being able to hold a dealer license after December 31, 2017. Existing law allows ANY manufacturer to apply for a dealer license without the use of independent franchised dealers. Despite having a lawfully granted license to sell Tesla vehicles directly since 2014 at the Fashion Mall at Keystone; despite contributing over $42 million to the state through the purchase of parts and components from Indiana suppliers; and despite plans underway to construct a 26,000 square foot Tesla Service facility that will employ approximately a dozen Indiana residents and serve our customers, GM is pushing the Senate Committee to shut out Tesla.
Here's how you can help: please contact your local Senator – and if you live in one of the districts covered by any of the following Committee members, we urge you to reach out and let them know they should not shut out Tesla. You can find your Indiana legislators here.
Chairman Buck: Senator.Buck@iga.in.gov , (317) 232-9466
Senator Merritt: Senator.Merritt@iga.in.gov, (317) 232-9533
Senator Delph: Senator.Delph@iga.in.gov, (317) 232-9541
Senator Head: Senator.Head@iga.in.gov, (317) 232-9488
Senator Houchin: email@example.com, (317) 232-9814
Senator Leising: Senator.Leising@iga.in.gov, (317) 232-9493
Senator Tomes: Senator.Tomes@iga.in.gov, (317) 232-9414
Senator Breaux: firstname.lastname@example.org, (317) 232-9534
Senator Broden: email@example.com , (317) 232-9849
Senator Randolph: firstname.lastname@example.org, (317) 232-9432
A follow up hearing will be held next Thursday, February 25, 2016, at the Capitol building. Let your voice be heard before that hearing to let them know that Indiana should encourage innovation, economic growth and consumer choice. Don't let GM tell you that your only option is to buy a car from a traditional franchised dealer by shutting out Tesla.
Thank you for your support and willingness to help Tesla stay and grow in Indiana. As always, when communicating with legislators, please be polite and respectful. Personal attacks should be absolutely avoided as they will only hurt our cause! Thank you again.