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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A bill that would have allowed electric-vehicle maker Tesla Motors to sell cars at its factory-owned showrooms in Arizona appears to be dead in the state's Senate. But Tesla vowed today to continue "re-engaging" the Legislature next year on the matter.
Washington state officially approved Tesla's direct-sales model last Thursday, when Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill allowing the electric-vehicle maker to continue selling its cars through its own, factory-owned showrooms instead of franchised dealerships in the state.
Tesla filed an appeal Wednesday in New Jersey Superior Court to overturn last month's ruling that banned the electric-vehicle maker from selling its cars directly to consumers through factory-owned stores there.
If you care about customers, you have to be able to take care of them when they need help. For some reason, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has decided to wage war with the retail business to the detriment of his customers.
Texas dealers defended the state's franchise laws today, just days after Gov. Rick Perry suggested that the laws should be reviewed and perhaps changed to let Tesla Motors sell its electric vehicles directly to consumers.
An Ohio Senate committee approved a bill barring automakers from selling directly to consumers except for three stores operated by Tesla Motors. The compromise was approved by Tesla and the Ohio Automobile Dealers Association, which had sought to block the automaker's sales model, said Senator Scott Oelslager, the committee chairman.
On President's Day last month, about 40 electric-car advocates gathered under the rotunda at the state capitol in Washington state, where a lobbyist for Tesla Motors urged them to rally against a bill that would prevent the carmaker from opening new sales offices in the state.
In the past year, electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors has posted its first quarterly profit, quintupled its stock price, and won a near-perfect score from Consumer Reports for the Model S sedan. Now comes the hard part. Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk wants the company's estimated 2013 U.S.
Tesla Motors, on a roll this past year with its highly praised Model S electric vehicle, faces its hardest challenge is yet to come: achieving CEO Elon Musk's bold goal of increasing the company's estimated 2013 volume of 20,000 units to 250,000 in the United States -- and to 500,000 globally -- by the end of the decade.
Ohio new-car dealers aren't giving up in their fight with Tesla. After a dealership licensing amendment to block Tesla from selling vehicles in the state wasn't taken up by state legislators earlier this month, dealers are now suing several parties to have Tesla's retail license nullified, a newspaper reported today.
Tesla's business model appears safe in Ohio -- for now. The state's House Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee didn't vote on a licensing amendment Tuesday that Tesla Motors Inc. says would prevent it from selling vehicles in Ohio.
After mixed results in a flurry of state-level battles with dealers over its direct-selling model, Tesla Motors is pondering whether to take the fight to Washington. The rest of the auto industry intently awaits Tesla's decision.
Elon Musk has two weeks to convince Texas legislators that he deserves an exemption to current state law that would allow him to sell his Tesla electric vehicles directly to consumers. It will be a long shot.
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has rejected Tesla Motors' bid for a dealership license. In a ruling issued Monday, Virginia DMV Commissioner Richard Holcomb turned down Tesla's request, which dates back to March 16, 2012.
Just a day after Monday's Automotive News report that Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk will consider federal options in his fight with dealers over his factory-store sales model, a petition popped up on a White House Web site urging the Obama administration to overturn state franchise laws.
After testifying last week before Texas legislators, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk talked in depth with Automotive News about his reluctance to use franchised dealers. The following is an excerpt of the interview with Automotive News reporter Amy Wilson:
As dealers in some states try to tighten franchise laws to block factory-owned dealerships, Tesla is aggressively lobbying policymakers, reaching out to fans to foster public support and even countering with its own franchise law proposals.
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is thanking Minnesota lawmakers who blocked legislation that would prevent the electric vehicle maker from opening stores in that state. But the legislative tussle is far from over.
Dealers trying to block Tesla's retail stores in Massachusetts lost another round this week when a judge dismissed their lawsuit against the electric vehicle maker. In a ruling issued Monday, Norfolk County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Fishman said the Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association and other plaintiffs lacked standing to sue.
A Massachusetts judge is considering whether to allow a Tesla Motors store in suburban Boston to continue normal operations. No decision was issued immediately after a hearing held Thursday on a request for preliminary injunction by the Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association and some dealers.
The National Automobile Dealers Association is seeking to meet with electric-car maker Tesla Motors Inc. about its retail network plans. Tesla, the maker of the Model S, is defending its retailing strategy against lawsuits by state auto dealer groups.
Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk is defending the electric vehicle maker's retail strategy from charges that it runs afoul of state laws. Dealers in Massachusetts and New York sued Tesla last week to shut down company-owned stores they claim violate state franchise laws and consumer protection laws.
When dealer association executives meet in Chicago this week, Tesla Motors' retail strategy will be top of mind. The Automotive Trade Association Executives' legislative conference comes a week after two of its members -- associations in Massachusetts and New York -- sued to shut down Tesla stores they say are operating illegally in their states.
Tesla has opened "showrooms" around the country to market its sleek electric cars. Dealer associations counter that this practice still violates franchising laws, opens the door to unfair competition and sets up Tesla customers for costly failures, contaminating an otherwise competitive and consumer-friendly marketplace.
After opening several stores without much pushback, Elon Musk's ambition to replicate the Apple experience in Tesla factory stores is now facing potential roadblocks. Dealer associations in a handful of states, and state regulators in at least one case, say Tesla's stores violate state franchise laws that prohibit factory ownership of dealerships.
In Texas, manufacturers are prohibited from selling directly to consumers. So what is Tesla doing with a retail store in the Galleria shopping mall in Houston? On-site employees will do everything but sell the car.