Missouri is the latest state where Tesla’s direct-to-consumer business model is being challenged.
According to the American electric automaker, a last-minute attempt by the auto dealers lobby is using a procedure to bar Tesla from selling its vehicles in Missouri. Tesla is claiming that dealers proposed new language in an existing bill that would force Missouri car buyers to purchase new vehicles only through franchised dealers. The bill was originally passed by the House on April 17, but the bill was passed through the Senate with amendments that are detrimental to Tesla. That bill could soon move to the House floor for a final vote.
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Tesla currently has a service center in St. Louis that employs 15 people and plans to open a larger service center in Kansas City later this year.
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