The next step for Tesla to resume sales in New Jersey has been approved.
The New Jersey Assembly has approved a bill that will allow consumers to once again buy Tesla vehicles directly from the American automaker, but now the bill needs to be approved by the state Senate. The new legislation, if passed, will allow any zero-emission vehicle manufacturer to directly sell to a consumer if it was licensed by the Motor Vehicle Commission on or before January 1, 2014.
If the state Senate approves the bill, it will then reach Governor Chris Christie’s desk for approval. Earlier this year, the Christie administration said that it “does not find it appropriate to unilaterally change the way cars are sold in New Jersey without legislation and Tesla has been aware of this position since the beginning.”
“Tesla is an innovative company that has produced a top-rated, environmentally conscious product,” Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald, a Voorhees Democrat, said in a statement. “Their commitment to innovation, job-creation and customer satisfaction is precisely the kind of entrepreneurial spirit we should be encouraging in New Jersey. Unfortunately, the Motor Vehicle Commission’s decision threatened to hamstring those efforts.”
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