Tesla had the bill on its radar for several months, said Diarmuid O’Connell, Tesla’s vice president of business development. O'Connell said in a Wednesday interview that Tesla tracks bills across the country that affects issues between manufacturers and dealers because the automaker is “habituated to these sneak attacks.”
O’Connell said the company reached out to the Snyder administration after learning of the amendment on Oct. 3.
Michigan is the most populous state without a Tesla store or gallery, according to the company's website.
“We feel it’s a basic issue of fairness,” O’Connell said. “Our only request from the beginning and everywhere we operate is that this issue be debated in a public way in the light of day, so that the public gets to understand what decisions are being made. It has many implications.”