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March 2, 2016 - Industry News

Tesla-Friendly Bill Resurrected in Connecticut

Introduced last month, Senate Bill 3 would permit electric vehicle makers to sell vehicles directly to consumers at up to three locations. The state dealers association, General Motors and the Alliance of Auto Manufacturers have taken a stand against the measure.

Tags: CARA, Franchised Dealerships, General Motors, Senate Bill, Tesla

October 30, 2015 - Industry News

Calif. DMV Puts Tesla Motors on Notice

In response to the state dealer association’s claims that Tesla Motors is in violation of state and federal advertising laws, the state DMV issued a warning to electric vehicle makers about adhering to such laws.

Tags: advertising, California New Car Dealers Association, Deceptive Advertising, DMV, Regulation Z, Tesla, Tesla Motors

September 24, 2015 - Industry News

Calif. DMV Looking Into Tesla’s Referral Program

The state DMV confirmed today that it is ‘looking into the matter,’ almost month after the state dealer association called on the agency to investigate whether the program violates the state’s ban on ‘bird-dogging.’

Tags: bird-dogging, Brian Maas, California New Car Dealers Association, DMV, Tesla, Tesla Motors

September 1, 2015 - Industry News

CNCDA Says Tesla’s Referral Program Violates Bird-Dogging Ban

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The California New Car Dealers Association has called on the California Department of Motor Vehicles to investigate Tesla Motors’ referral program, which the trade groups said constitutes “bird-dogging.”

Tags: California New Car Dealers Association, CNCDA, compliance, Tesla, Tesla Motors

May 14, 2015 - Industry News

FTC Calls on States to Lift Direct-to-Consumer Sales Bans

A new Michigan bill that would allow ‘autocycle’ manufacturer Elio Motors to sell directly to consumers spurs the Federal Trade Commission to urge all states to lift bans on direct-to-consumer sales.

Tags: Consumer Buying Habits, Federal Trade Commission, legislation, manufacturers, Michigan, Tesla, Tesla Motors

March 5, 2015 - Industry News

Ga. Legislators Table Tesla Bill

Dealers in Georgia have convinced legislators to table a bill that would allow Tesla to continue selling vehicles directly to consumers in the state.

Tags: legislation, online shoppers, Tesla, Tesla Motors

February 10, 2015 - Industry News

Conn. Dealer Association Launches Controversial Anti-Tesla Site

The website, called “Tesla Crash,” was launched by the Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association in response to a bill that would allow the electric automaker to sell directly to consumers in the state.

Tags: Franchised Dealerships, legislation, Tesla, Tesla Motors

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Mich. Governor Signs ‘Anti-Tesla’ Bill

Governor Rick Snyder signed into law yesterday tighter restrictions on selling vehicles directly to consumers. The new law now effectively bans Tesla Motors from selling vehicles in the state.

Tags: Electric Vehicles, Franchised Dealerships, Governor Rick Snyder, Michigan, Tesla, Tesla Motors

September 16, 2014 - Industry News

Mass. High Court Rules in Favor of Tesla

This week, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts upheld a lower court’s ruling that dealers did not have grounds to challenge Tesla Motors’ ability to sell vehicles in the state.

Tags: franchise, Lawsuit, Massachusetts, ruling, Tesla, Tesla Motors

September 4, 2014 - Industry News

Ga. Dealer Association Takes on Tesla

The association alleges that Tesla violated the terms of its sales license by selling more than the 150 vehicles it was allowed to sell in the state.

Tags: Tesla, Tesla Motors

May 15, 2014 - Industry News

Tesla: New Wording in Missouri Bill is ‘Sneak Attack’ by Dealers

In a statement posted on its website, Tesla denounced the last-minute addition of wording to legislation in Missouri that would effectively ban the automaker from selling directly to consumers in the state.

Tags: Franchised Dealerships, legislation, Missouri, Tesla, Tesla Motors

April 10, 2014 - Industry News

Washington Governor Signs Bill Favoring Tesla

A bill signed by Washington governor Jay Inslee this month will allow Tesla to expand in the state.

Tags: legislation, Tesla, Tesla Motors

April 8, 2014 - Industry News

‘King of Lemon Laws’ Files Suit Against Tesla

Wisconsin Attorney Vince Megna filed a lawsuit against Tesla Motors this week, claiming that the car it sold to his client was a lemon.

Tags: Lawsuit, lemon law, Tesla, Tesla Motors

April 1, 2014 - Industry News

New York Dealers, Tesla Reach Agreement

Under the agreement, Tesla will be able to continue operating its five licensed retail locations in the state. Additional locations will be established under a strengthened dealer franchise law.

Tags: legislation, New York, Tesla, Tesla Motors

March 27, 2014 - Industry News

Tesla Reaches Agreement With Ohio Dealers

Tesla Motors reached an agreement with Ohio auto dealers this week that will allow the company to continue operating two of its retail stores and open a third. The deal awaits lawmaker approval.

Tags: legislation, Ohio, Tesla, Tesla Motors

March 25, 2014 - Industry News

Arizona Lawmakers Back Bill to Allow Tesla Sales

Arizona lawmakers are pushing for a bill that would give Tesla the right to sell directly to consumers. The state is currently wooing the electric carmaker into building its battery production center in the state.

Tags: Arizona, legislation, Tesla, Tesla Motors

March 13, 2014 - Industry News

New Jersey Bans Tesla Sales

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission voted unanimously to ban the direct sale of vehicles to consumers, effectively shutting down Tesla’s showrooms in the state.

Tags: New Jersey, Tesla, Tesla Motors

February 13, 2014 - Industry News

Ohio Dealers Taking on Tesla Again

Ohio lawmakers, at the urging of auto dealers, are backing a bill that would prohibit the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles from issuing dealer licenses to manufacturers. Previously, the bureau allowed Tesla to sell cars in the state.

Tags: legislation, Ohio, Tesla, Tesla Motors

October 31, 2013 - Industry News

Tesla Model S Outselling Competition in Some Markets, Edmunds Reports

New analysis from Edmunds shows that the Tesla Model S is overwhelming the market in some of the country’s wealthiest cities.

Tags: Edmunds,, R.L. Polk & Co., Tesla, Tesla Motors

September 17, 2013 - Industry News

CNCDA Seeks to Investigate Tesla Ads, San Francisco Chronicle Reports

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the California New Car Dealers Association is seeking an investigation into Tesla Motors' advertising practices.

Tags: advertisements, California New Car Dealers Association, DMV, Investigation, Tesla

June 4, 2013 - Industry News

Tesla Can’t Sell Directly to Consumers in Texas

Two Tesla-backed bills failed to make it to the voting round this legislative session. The legislation would have exempted Tesla from state franchise laws, allowing the electric carmaker to sell directly to consumers in that state.

Tags: Consumers, direct, Electric Vehicle, Elon Musk, factory, manufacturer, retail, sales, Stephanie Forshee, Tesla

May 16, 2013 - Industry News

Tesla Motors Issues More Stock to Repay Energy Department

Tesla Motors is offering common stock and convertible senior notes to repay a loan received from the Department of Energy. The offerings are being led by CEO Elon Musk.

Tags: common stock, Elon Musk, energy loan, Stock, stock offering, Tesla, U.S. Department of Energy

May 7, 2013 - Industry News

Tesla Hires Aston Martin's Vehicle Engineering Leader

Chris Porritt will serve as vice president of vehicle engineering for Tesla. The automotive engineer brings 25 years of experience, including his most recent expertise from Aston Martin’s vehicle engineering team.

Tags: Aston Martin, Chris Porritt, Tesla, vehicle engineering

April 23, 2013 - Industry News

<em>Austin Business Journal</em> Poll Shows Support for Tesla Business Model

Eighty-six percent of readers of the business trade publication favor direct-to-consumer sales of electric vehicles, according to a recent poll from Austin Business Journal.

Tags: Austin Business Journal, Lawsuit, NADA, Tesla, Virginia

April 18, 2013 - Industry News

Kelley Blue Book Names 10 Best Green Cars of 2013

The Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, and Ford Focus were at the top of Kelley Blue Book’s list of top green cars for 2013.

Tags: Chevrolet Volt, Driving Green, Ford, Ford Focus, Kelley Blue Book, Nissan, Tesla, Toyota, Toyota Prius

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