Michigan Could Ban Direct Tesla Sales as Early as Next Week

By: | October 16th, 2014

Tesla is anxiously awaiting the decision of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on House Bill 5606, which revolves around curtailing dealership fees, and has an amendment that precludes carmakers from direct sales in Michigan.

Obviously, this would be a big blow to Elon Musk and Tesla as Michigan, specifically Detroit, harbors the “big three” carmakers.

Tesla was already banned from direct sales in New Jersey earlier this year so this looks like a growing trend for the electric carmaker who will have to fight to sell directly to consumers across the United States.

Tesla’s Vice President of Regulatory Affairs compared the process to “playing a game of whack-a-mole in every state.”

The bill in Michigan has already made it through both parts of the state’s legislature, almost unanimously, and Governor Snyder has until October 21st to sign the bill into law.

Needless to say, things are looking bleak for Tesla in the state of Michigan.

Marshall Smith

Technology, engineering, and design enthusiast.

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