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 faces setback in La., fires off subpoenas in Mich.June 7
Tesla cleared to open store in Virginia capitalNov. 30, 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 saysSept. 28, 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 banSept. 22, 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 licenseSept. 15, 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 saysAug. 11, 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 probeJune 1, 2016
North Carolina denies Tesla a dealership licenseMay 23, 2016
Tesla may seek U.S. court action on direct sales, report saysMarch 29, 2016
Virginia dealer group sues Tesla to block 2nd storeMarch 9, 2016
Tesla battles GM over right to sell cars in IndianaFeb. 24, 2016
Tesla applies for dealership license in MichiganFeb. 1, 2016
Calif. dealers call Tesla referral deal illegalAug. 28, 2015
Texas isn't open for Tesla sales, governor saysJuly 14, 2015
Tesla's Texas push runs out of juiceMay 29, 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 MarylandApril 15, 2015
Tesla blocked in W.Va. as governor signs billApril 3, 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.March 26, 2015
Tesla free to sell cars in New Jersey as Christie signs billMarch 18, 2015
Tesla gets N.J. Senate panel's backing to sell directly to customersMarch 9, 2015
Tesla joined by Koch Brothers, Sierra Club in fight with dealersFeb. 17, 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 salesJan. 23, 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 lawmakersJan. 15, 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.