West Virginia Latest to Ban Tesla Sales


Tesla may be setting delivery records, but another state is now blocking sales.

The American automaker may have just begun celebrating the reversal on the sales ban in New Jersey, but now it has a new fight in the state of West Virginia. West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has signed legislation that will effectively prevent Tesla from selling vehicles in the state, following in the footsteps of others. The move won’t just affect Tesla sales in West Virginia but can potentially impact the sales of nearby states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Kentucky.

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According to the bill that Tomblin has signed, a manufacturer may not “act in the capacity of a new motor vehicle dealer” or “operate a dealership, including, but not limited to, displaying a motor vehicle intended  to facilitate the sale of new motor vehicles other than through franchised dealers, unless the display is part of an automobile trade show that more than two automobile manufacturers participate in.”

[Source: Automotive News]

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  • craigcole

    There’s no room for electricity in the country’s No. 2 coal-producing state!

  • Prez

    Congratulations West Virginia your governor is an idiot. Plain and simple. Idiot.

  • Mike

    Sounds like West Virginia is in violation of the US Constitution’s prohibition of states restricting interstate commerce. WV has no car manufacturing so all cars must be “imported” from elsewhere.
    Frankly this is getting ridiculous – the franchise system for car dealerships is broken, and broken badly. All these laws are intended to do is restrict free trade between states.

  • Fred Parkinfarkil

    Spoken like a true idiot.

  • Timp21117

    I think that was sarcasm…

  • Mark S

    It is great riding the steam trains in Virginia, but their nuclear powered autonomous cars are bit too modern for me.

  • Mark S

    To become a US citizen, you have to pass Civics test. One of the questions asks what kind of economy does the US have. The answer is free market economy…..their is no exemption car dealerships, we need the governor to take the immigration civics exam?

  • Yoo Jastle

    These ‘governors’ in these red states are beholden to the oil interests, who don’t want Tesla to succeed. In addition, have you ever seen a stealership endorsing a Democrat for office?