Massachusetts Court Throws Out Lawsuit Trying To Block Tesla From Selling Fancy Cars Directly To Consumers

Massachusetts Court Throws Out Lawsuit Trying To Block Tesla From Selling Fancy Cars Directly To Consumers

High-tech electric car company Tesla has spent the year fighting with a huge number of states over their preferred business model: the company sells vehicles directly to consumers, instead of going through the traditional dealer route. Tesla has been wildly successful selling their cars this way. So successful, in fact, that dealers in many states are fighting hard to claim Tesla’s model is illegal under state law — or getting state law changed to make sure it’s illegal. Dealers in Massachusetts trying their own variation on that maneuver, however, have just had their case tossed out of court, allowing Tesla to continue operations in that state. [More]

Go talk to Congress.

White House Responds To Petition Asking For Direct-To-Consumer Tesla Sales In All 50 States

While the White House will respond to any We The People petition over 100,000 signatures, that doesn’t mean that the answer is always going to be something petitioners want to hear. And in the case of the 138,469 who wanted the administration to prevent sales from banning direct-to-consumer auto sales from companies like Tesla, that reply is pretty much, “Can’t do it, that’s Congress’ thing.” [More]

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Tesla Investigating Why A Stolen Model S Split In Half After High-Speed Chase, Collision

It’s not every day that a car splits in half, and it’s definitely not an event carmakers want to have happen. That’s why Tesla is now pledging to fully investigate how a stolen Model S split in half at the end of a high-speed chase and collision with a light pole. [More]

Elon Musk Cites ‘Terminator’ As A Reason To “Keep An Eye On” Artificial Intelligence

Ruh roh.

Worried about the always looming, definitely gonna happen robot revolution? You’re not the only one imagining the insufferable chains of slavery our robot overlords are going to slap on us someday. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, is also worried robots are up to no good, so he’s keeping an eye on the artificial industry just in case. [More]

New Jersey Changes Course With Bill That Allows Tesla To Resume Sales, Open New Stores In State

New Jersey Changes Course With Bill That Allows Tesla To Resume Sales, Open New Stores In State

Back in March, New Jersey’s Motor Vehicle Commission approved a ban on Tesla, prohibiting it from selling its electric cars directly to consumers in the state. [More]

FTC To NJ, Missouri: Please Don’t Block Tesla & Others From Selling Cars Directly To Consumers

FTC To NJ, Missouri: Please Don’t Block Tesla & Others From Selling Cars Directly To Consumers

After lawmakers in New Jersey and Missouri both recently proposed regulations that would prohibit car companies like Tesla Motors from selling vehicles directly to consumers instead of through independent dealers, the Federal Trade Commission is weighing in with comments for legislators in those states, urging them to consider abandoning existing laws and change things up a bit. . [More]

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Missouri The Latest State To Add Legislation That Would Bar Direct Sales Of Tesla Cars

Tesla has its work cut out for it in Missouri, where yesterday legislators followed states like New Jersey and added a nugget into a previous bill going around that would bar the company (or any other carmakers) from selling vehicles directly to consumers in that state. Tesla, of course, isn’t happy about this. [More]

An electric bargaining chip.

Why Would Arizona Allow Direct Tesla Car Sales? To Get A Tesla Factory In The State, Of Course

While other states like New Jersey are moving to ban direct sales of Tesla cars, Arizona is mulling over the idea of allowing the automaker to cut out the middleman. So what’s different in Arizona? [More]

New Jersey Votes To Block Direct Sales Of Tesla Vehicles

New Jersey Votes To Block Direct Sales Of Tesla Vehicles

The two Tesla stores in New Jersey might soon be locking up their doors, after the state’s Motor Vehicle Commission unanimously approved a proposal yesterday that blocks the electric-car maker from selling vehicles directly to customers. [More]

Tesla is setting the bait.

Would A Guaranteed Buyback Deal Convince You To Buy A Fancy Electric Car?

If someone were to ask you, “Hey, wanna buy a $60,000 electric car?” you’d probably be like, “Yeah, one sec, let me just dip into that offshore bank account.” But what if it came with a guaranteed buyback deal that would allow you to resell it after 36 months? That’s the gambit Tesla Motors is trying in a new venture it’s worked out with several banks to convince drivers to buy its Tesla Model S electric car. [More]