GM Backs Michigan Governor in Anti-Tesla Bill Signing
Since Tesla began selling cars in the U.S., it’s been fighting an uphill battle with big(ger) business and greedy lawmakers. The company’s latest battle comes from Michigan, where Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill, with backing from General Motors, that “strengthens" the ban on the electric car company's direct sales. According to Snyder, “The bill does not, as some have claimed, prevent auto manufacturers from selling automobiles directly to consumers at retail in Michigan — because this is already prohibited under Michigan law.” RELATED: See More Photos of the All-Electric Tesla Model S
This means, by law, Tesla is not allowed to sell directly to consumers inMichigan. If it does want to sell vehicles in the state, it would be required to do so through a franchised dealership.
General Motors, which backed Snyder's signing of the bill had this to say: “We believe that House Bill 5606 will help ensure that all automotive manufacturers follow the same rules to operate in the State of Michigan.”
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Currently Tesla is banned from selling directly to consumers in Texas, Arizona and New Jersey.
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