Tesla Virginia Store Allowed, Could Open in Two Weeks

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

An agreement reached late last week between the Virginia DMV, Tesla and the Virginia Automobile Dealers Association could allow the automaker to sell its cars there soon.

Now, Tesla needs approval from the Virginia Motor Vehicle Dealer Board before it can start selling cars there. That process typically takes two weeks from the point of filing, Virginia Motor Vehicle Dealer Board executive director Bruce Gould told Automotive News. It isn’t clear when the automaker will file its application.

Tesla was previously barred from selling the Model S in that state by DMV commissioner Richard Holcomb. Factory-owned stores are allowed in the state, but only if there isn’t an independent dealer isn’t available. At the time, Holcomb said he didn’t see evidence that such a party wasn’t available.

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Tesla already has a rented location in Tyson’s Corner, a suburb of Washington D.C., and had originally planned to open it late 2012. After being barred, the company filed a lawsuit that it withdrew after reaching the agreement last week.

Most states have laws in place meant to prevent factory-owned stores. Despite that, Tesla usually manages to open its stores. Earlier this year, the company lobbied to do so in Austin, Texas. Despite a widely-publicized campaign by CEO Elon Musk, the dealers association there successfully blocked Model S sales.

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[Source: Automotive News]

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Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

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