Count Indiana among the states, which include Texas and Michigan, where lawmakers continue to dig in their heels to try to stop direct-to-consumer Tesla vehicle sales. In this case, Indiana's House Bill 1592, authored by Representative Edmond Soliday, would prevent any automaker from legally selling directly to customers after "(1) reaching 1,000 units in cumulative annual sales; or (2) six years after the initial dealer's license is granted."

The effort marks the second of its kind in the Hoosier State during the past year. Last February, the state proposed House Bill 1254. With a provision that would force Tesla's dealer license to expire 30 months after being granted, Tesla would have had to stop selling electric vehicles to the Indiana public last July. The company has one store in Indianapolis.

As for the current bill, that gives the California-based company a little more leeway. Still, if passed, the bill would force Tesla to stop sales within the state in 2019. Check out an overview of the bill here.

Tesla continues to push for wider exposure even in states where the company has been barred from selling its cars directly to customers. Late last year, Tesla opened a "gallery" in Michigan, where state lawmakers continue to deny the company's applications for a dealers license. Last year, Tesla sued Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, as well as the secretary of state and the attorney general. States such as Texas, Virginia, and Utah continue to be thorns in the side of Tesla, which is gearing up to broaden sales with the release of its lower-priced Model 3 sedan.

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