- Jul 11, 2003
This strikes me as anti free market, anti job creation, anti consumer and protectionist for car dealers. IMO, car dealers add little to no value to the process.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/michelinemaynard/2014/03/11/new-jersey-to-tesla-youre-outta-here/Tesla Motors is being courted by four Southwestern states for its $5 billion gigafactory, but theres another state that is kissing Tesla goodbye.
The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission voted Tuesday to ban the direct sale of vehicles in the state, becoming the third state in the nation to prevent Tesla from selling to consumers. That would force Tesla, founded by billionaire Elon Musk, to sell its cars through dealers.
Instead, Tesla will stop selling cars in New Jersey on April 1, according to Dow Jones. That means the auto company wont have access to one of the nations most lucrative markets for luxury vehicles, while well-heeled New Jerseyites will have to pick up their Teslas somewhere else.
The commissions vote followed month of discussions between Tesla and members of Gov. Chris Christies administration, according to a post on Teslas blog. The auto company said it thought that the commission and the administration were working to help it in the face of opposition from the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers.
Like many other dealer groups across the country, New Jersey dealers did not want Tesla to be able to sell cars directly to customers. On Monday, Tesla said it learned that Governor Christies administration has gone back on its word to delay a proposed anti-Tesla regulation so that the matter could be handled through a fair process in the Legislature.