The DMV's administrative hearing officer, Larry Greene, signed an order that said that "at least three independent dealers" would be able to run a Tesla dealership that would be, "in a manner consistent with the public interest," according to Automotive News. Because of that, the company will not be allowed to open another of its own stores.
Our favorite "vegan hippie chick with a racecar,' Leilani Münter (pictured), wrote on Facebook that, "I'm embarrassed to tell anyone I live in North Carolina for SO MANY REASONS but here is one more" about the denial. Unsurprisingly, as a green car fan, she has been quite vocal about this issue. She even submitted testimony to try and "legalize Tesla" in North Carolina. Other Tesla supporters took to Twitter to voice similar concerns:
WHAT IS Wrong with North Carolina? Let Elon sell us Cleaner Highways. Tesla Denied 2nd Dealership in North Carolina https://t.co/NOwEbZIz8D— Sandi Walters (@srzjwalters) May 25, 2016
Neither Tesla nor CEO Elon Musk have issued a statement on the situation in North Carolina, but Musk has said in the past that you can't sell and electric car the same way you sell a gas vehicle, which is why the company needs to run its own stores. In North Carolina, for now at least, this won't be happening.