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Michigan says no to Tesla direct sales, again

Looks like there will not be a Tesla store in Grand Rapids.

Looks like the grassroots will once again need to step up to promote Tesla in Michigan.

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Connecticut inches forward on legalizing Tesla stores

But there's still time in the state's legislative session to reject the automaker.

Tesla may finally be allowed to sell its electric vehicles direct to customers in Connecticut. Maybe.

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GM: Tesla shouldn't get 'special rules' in Indiana

State legislature will debate HB1254 this week.

GM calls Tesla's protest against Indiana's HB1254 a request for 'special rules' to sell its Model 3, an EV that will compete with the Chevy Bolt.

Tesla, Elio, auto dealers talking to FTC today on direct sales

The FTC will hear eight hours of testimony on things like vehicle distribution, dealership locations, and direct vehicle sales today.

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Looks like Tesla Model S is the best-selling EV in US [UPDATE]

Second-Place Competitor Is Nissan Leaf

IHS Automotive finds that the Tesla Model S was the best-selling electric car in the US for the first three months of 2015.

Tesla not giving up on Connecticut stores

Setback? What Setback?

Tesla says it will continue the fight to sell direct to customers in Connecticut next year, after failing to get a bill passed this year.

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Tesla has 125 Superchargers where it's illegal to sell a Model S

There Are 500 Superchargers In States Where Tesla Has No Stores

We take a close look at where Tesla has built up stores and service and Supercharging infrastructure. The numbers all have a beautiful logic behind them.

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You can't buy a Tesla in Tesla, WV

The governor of West Virginia has signed the bill banning direct sales by automakers into state law. It means that Tesla is not able to open stores there.

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Tesla dealer fight battles continue: success in GA, failure in WV

The Georgia Senate approves Tesla's direct-sales model, but at a maximum of five stores in the state. West Virginia says 'no' to any direct sales by any car company.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder hasn't yet signed anti-Tesla legislation

But State Car Dealers Some Of His Biggest Donors

The nation's auto dealers are taking their fight against Tesla and its direct method of selling cars to consumers to the symbolic heart of the auto industry. In Michigan, a bill that would entrench the existing dealer networks and prohibit direct car sales to buyers has passed both the state's house and senate, and awaits Gov. Rick Snyder's signature

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Tesla wins in Massachusetts, tries for more in New Jersey

Another brick falls as Tesla fights to practice its direct-to-consumer business model. A Massachusetts high court has thrown out a lawsuit seeking to block the electric car company from selling vehicles the Tesla way in the state. The Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association, along with two dealers, claimed that Tesla was in viol

Tour a Tesla showroom, get inside Model S on Google Street View

Even in the US states (like Texas) where Tesla is not able to sell cars at one of its stores, residents can now visit a virtual EV sales space. Thanks to Google Street View and the company's high-tech cameras, a digital visit to a Tesla store in Seattle on Wes

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Tesla gets legal go-ahead to sell EVs in Pennsylvania

Gov. Corbett Signs Pro-EV Bill Into Law

Tesla Motors has been fighting to sell cars in many states, but has come up against laws prohibiting the electric automaker to exercise its direct-to-consumer business model. Such has been the case in Pennsylvania. Recently, though, Tesla worked out a deal with the Pennsylvania senate to appro

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Why can't Tesla sell directly to consumers wherever it wants?

Our friends at Engadget, tech-obsessed sister site of Autoblog, have taken an in-depth look at the reason why it's so difficult for Tesla to sell its cars directly to consumers, the same way that Apple, for instance, can sell you an iPad at an Apple Store. As you're probably aware, the whole sordid affair can be traced back to dealer franchise laws, which vary dramatically state to state, all with the state

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White House responds to Tesla petition, declines to act

If you've been holding your breath whilst waiting for the White House to respond to the We The People petition asking that Tesla be allowed to sell direct to consumers in all 50 states, you can finally exhale and simultaneously sigh – it has, at last, Domenick Yoney

Tesla does Dallas

California Automaker Opens New Gallery, Not A Store, In Texas

Despite not being allowed to actually sell cars on site - or even offer a test drive - Tesla has opened its newest venue in Texas. As of Friday, NorthPark Center mall in Dallas is home to the newest Tesla Gallery. John Beltz Snyder

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Tesla's gains on the dealership status quo are freaking people out

EV Automaker Wins Dealer Fight in NY, Trending To Win In NJ

Tesla took two more steps towards being allowed to sell its vehicles as it chooses (that is, direct to customers) this week. Legislative efforts in New Jersey and New York both gave the California automaker legal permission (or near permission) to operate its stores. It's gotten so bad – or good, depending on your views, that other automakers are starting to speak up.

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New Jersey votes to allow direct Tesla sales

EV automakers will be allowed up to four stores

It's not quite the law that Tesla Motors can sell its car directly to customers in New Jersey, but the state has taken one step closer to that reality. Yesterday, New Jersey's Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee voted 4-0 to approve bill A3216, which would "Permits certain zero emission vehicle manufacturers to directly sell motor vehicles to consumers and requires them to operate service facilities."

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Missouri next state to attempt Tesla direct-sales ban

When Tesla Motors feels like its under attack, it is not afraid to speak out. After state lawmakers in New Jersey voted to close the electric vehicle company's stores there, the company said it was an "affront to the very concept of a free market" and CEO Elon Musk compared the situation to mafia tactics. In Ohio, when the company learne

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