Tesla has won the battle in North Carolina against the state’s automobile dealers when a House committee killed a bill that would have stopped the American automaker from selling direct to consumers.
Recently winning similar legislative victories in New York and Minnesota, these are the first steps in what might turn out to be a long uphill battle for Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk, who has turned to social media and the automaker’s fans to help persuade state legislators to allow Tesla to continue selling through its stores. Dealers are going to continue to fight to block Tesla’s direct-to-consumer sales, but for now, Tesla is set in North Carolina.
As the North Carolina Automobile Dealers endorsed a bill to shut down Tesla, the automaker took both North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and House Speaker Thom Tillis on Model S test drives. The automaker says that the strategy played a role in the state deciding to be pro-Tesla, but more importantly, North Carolinians may choose to buy a Tesla vehicle.
[Source: News Observer]
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