Tesla's retail challenge
Tesla's state-by-state battle with dealers
Automotive News is tracking the shifting battlegrounds in Tesla Motor's efforts to establish a manufacturer-owned retail model. This map will be regularly updated as news breaks. Read More »
Tesla cleared to open store in Virginia capitalWed, 30, Nov 2016
In a decision released Wednesday, the commissioner of Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles reversed a September ruling denying Tesla a dealership license to operate a store in Richmond. It's a victory for Tesla in its ongoing battle with states over dealership franchise laws.
Tesla must make viable case to sell directly in Michigan, governor saysWed, 28, Sep 2016
Tesla Motors has yet to make a case for selling cars directly to Michigan consumers, according to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. In 2014, Snyder signed a bill explicitly banning the direct sale of vehicles to consumers. Despite the law, Tesla applied for a dealership license in Michigan but was denied on Sept. 15.
Tesla sues Michigan in U.S. court over direct sales banThu, 22, Sep 2016
Tesla Motors is suing the State of Michigan in federal court over its law banning the direct sales of vehicles to consumers. The law, which the automaker calls the “Anti-Tesla amendment” in the suit, was cited in the rejection of the electric-vehicle maker's application for a state dealership license earlier this month.
Michigan Secretary of State upholds decision to ban Tesla dealer licenseThu, 15, Sep 2016
The Michigan Secretary of State upheld a decision to deny a dealer license to Tesla Motors. The ruling released on Thursday follows a Sept. 7 hearing to review the state's initial motion to deny the automaker's request for a license, submitted in November 2015.
Michigan owns Tesla stock despite sales ban, report saysThu, 11, Aug 2016
The State of Michigan may have a ban on direct sales of Tesla vehicles, but the Michigan Department of Treasury has 339,623 shares worth $72 million invested for state retirement funds in Tesla Motors stock, according to a published report.
Virginia dealers call for Tesla probeWed, 01, Jun 2016
North Carolina denies Tesla a dealership licenseMon, 23, May 2016
Tesla may seek U.S. court action on direct sales, report saysTue, 29, Mar 2016
Virginia dealer group sues Tesla to block 2nd storeWed, 09, Mar 2016
Tesla battles GM over right to sell cars in IndianaWed, 24, Feb 2016
Tesla applies for dealership license in MichiganMon, 01, Feb 2016
Anti-Tesla bill reaches Michigan governor's deskWed, 15, Oct 2014
Legislation that would prevent Tesla Motors from directly selling its EV lineup in Michigan has cleared the state's legislative chambers and is awaiting the signature of Republican Governor Rick Snyder. The deadline to sign the bill is October 21.
Tesla blasts Michigan bill as 'raw deal'Fri, 17, Oct 2014
Tesla says it's getting a “raw deal” in Michigan and is speaking out on a bill that would block its direct-sales model in the state -- and prevent it from operating a gallery. The bill cleared Michigan's legislative chambers October 2 and is awaiting the signature of Governor Rick Snyder.
Tesla's sales limits in Michigan tightened by one word of lawMon, 20, Oct 2014
By the removal of a personal pronoun from state law, a bill awaiting Governor Rick Snyder's signature would make it harder for Tesla Motors to sell its electric vehicles directly to customers in Michigan.
Mich. blocks Tesla's sales model by plugging loopholeTue, 21, Oct 2014
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill today that effectively bars Tesla Motors' direct-sales model in the state. While Tesla's model was already prohibited in Michigan, the wording of its franchise law left an opening that the automaker could potentially exploit as it has in Massachusetts, where dealers unsuccessfully tried to stop it from operating a store there. That potential loophole is now closed.
Calif. dealers call Tesla referral deal illegalFri, 28, Aug 2015
Texas isn't open for Tesla sales, governor saysTue, 14, Jul 2015
Tesla's Texas push runs out of juiceFri, 29, May 2015
Elon Musk has been shut out of the Lone Star state again. For the second time in two years, Tesla Motors is walking away in defeat from Texas after failing to convince lawmakers that it should be allowed to sell its $100,000 electric cars in the state.
Tesla awaits OK from governor to sell directly in MarylandWed, 15, Apr 2015
Tesla blocked in W.Va. as governor signs billFri, 03, Apr 2015
West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today signed legislation that will effectively prevent Tesla Motors from selling cars in the strategically located state. West Virginia shares borders with five states and its easternmost county is considered a suburb of Washington, D.C.
Tesla advances in effort to expand in Ga., fails to gain entry to W.Va.Thu, 26, Mar 2015
Tesla free to sell cars in New Jersey as Christie signs billWed, 18, Mar 2015
Tesla gets N.J. Senate panel's backing to sell directly to customersMon, 09, Mar 2015
Tesla joined by Koch Brothers, Sierra Club in fight with dealersTue, 17, Feb 2015
Talk about strange bedfellows. The environmental group Sierra Club and Americans for Prosperity, the political action group funded by the Koch brothers, are both backing Tesla Motors in its battle to avoid franchised dealers and sell cars direct to consumers.
Missouri dealers file suit to block Tesla salesFri, 23, Jan 2015
Missouri auto dealers filed suit to block Tesla Motors' direct manufacturer-to-consumer sales in the state. The Missouri Automobile Dealers Association on Thursday filed a lawsuit in a state court, accusing the Department of Revenue and its director, Nia Ray, of violating Missouri law by allowing Tesla to sell its vehicles without a franchise dealer.
Musk dangles track, car plant in wooing Texas lawmakersThu, 15, Jan 2015
Tesla CEO Elon Musk urged Texas lawmakers to ease restrictions on sales of the company's electric luxury cars as he floated the prospect of locating a new car factory or a test facility for his "hyperloop" mass transit concept in the state.
Tesla courted suppliers in bid to stop bill banning direct sales in Mich.Mon, 20, Oct 2014
Tesla Motors looked for support from its suppliers in Michigan in the company's unsuccessful bid to get Governor Rick Snyder to veto a bill that bans Tesla from selling its EVs directly to customers in the state.
Tesla's trump card? Used carsMon, 06, Oct 2014
Iowa pulls the plug on Tesla test drivesFri, 26, Sep 2014
Tesla, dealers dispute impact of Mass. rulingMon, 22, Sep 2014
Tesla argues New Jersey regulators can't stop direct salesWed, 17, Sep 2014
Tesla prevails in top Mass. court over direct salesMon, 15, Sep 2014
Massachusetts' highest court on Monday threw out a lawsuit seeking to block Tesla from selling its luxury electric cars directly to consumers in the state, enabling it to bypass traditional dealerships.
Tesla's $1.3 billion incentive deal with Nevada includes direct salesFri, 12, Sep 2014
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed tax breaks worth as much as $1.3 billion and a measure allowing Tesla Motors to sell directly to state residents, the final steps to bring the world's largest lithium-ion battery factory to Reno.
Tesla says it didn't violate Georgia regulationsTue, 02, Sep 2014
Tesla Motors, facing a challenge from Georgia dealerships over how it sells cars, said claims made in a petition filed on behalf of auto retailers in the state that it breached its license agreement aren't valid.
Dealers in Georgia petition to shut Tesla downFri, 29, Aug 2014
Auto dealers in Georgia are the latest seeking to shut down Tesla's factory-owned stores. The Georgia Automobile Dealers Association filed a petition of enforcement Friday with state regulators arguing that Tesla's direct-sales model violates state law.
Tesla cleared to open up to 5 stores in Pa. under new lawFri, 11, Jul 2014
Tesla measure allowing 5 stores heads to Pa. governor's deskThu, 03, Jul 2014
Tesla Motors, which has battled auto dealer groups over its direct sales of electric cars through company-owned stores, won another victory in Pennsylvania and a measure there allowing it to expand retail operations is headed for the governor's desk.
Five-store Tesla compromise reached in PennsylvaniaThu, 26, Jun 2014
The pro-Tesla legislation in Pennsylvania that helped spark a confrontation between dealers and other automakers earlier this month is now halfway to passage -- but with important new limits in place on the number of stores Tesla Motors would be allowed to own and operate in the state.
Musk makes auto industry rethink basic assumptionsMon, 23, Jun 2014
Tesla sets up shop in Dallas -- minus test-drives and salesThu, 19, Jun 2014
You can touch, but you can’t drive, a Model S electric car in the latest Tesla Motors gallery in Dallas’ Northpark Mall. Tesla plans to open the doors to its 2,200-square-foot gallery Friday morning in the state with some of the most restrictive auto dealer franchise laws in the country.
N.J. Assembly OKs bill to allow direct EV salesMon, 23, Jun 2014
N.J. Assembly OKs bill to allow Tesla direct salesTue, 17, Jun 2014
The New Jersey Assembly approved a bill to allow consumers to buy electric cars directly from a manufacturer. The bill now heads to the state Senate. Separately, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed previously approved legislation that would allow Tesla to continue selling at its five company-owned stores in that state.
State franchise laws, sparked by Tesla, go too far, other automakers chargeMon, 16, Jun 2014
Dealers' opposition to Tesla Motors' model of factory-owned stores has led states to propose laws defending franchised dealers. Automakers charge that the legal balance in the dealer-automaker relationship now is shifting too far in favor of dealers.
NADA moves to counter franchise system criticsMon, 16, Jun 2014
Franchised car dealers have taken plenty of heat for their resistance to Tesla Motors' state-by-state campaign to sell cars directly to consumers. Peter Welch, president of the National Automobile Dealers Association, is ready to push back.