Missouri Looking to Ban Tesla Direct Sales, But Tesla Fights Back
In a move that shocked Tesla and many others, New Jersey banned the automaker from direct-sales to consumers back in March. It was just one of the many states not wanting the brand to sell directly without a dealer network, for one reason or another. Now, another state is looking to literally sneak its ‘Anti-Tesla’ bill through Congress — Missouri. PHOTOS: See More of the 2012 Tesla Model S
Similar to Ohio, Missouri lawmakers have put a bill into effect that would essentially ban the electric automaker from selling directly in the state. This bill which was passed “after zero public consultation," could soon make its way to the House floor for a final vote, says Tesla. The bill reads:
"In enacting subsection 3 of this section, it is the express intent of the legislature to prevent any manufacturer of new motor vehicles from circumventing the public policy as stated in section 407.811, by engaging in methods of retailing new motor vehicles which are designed to avoid the provisions of sections 407.810 to 407.835."
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With a Tesla store already open in St. Louis, and the brand looking to open another in Kansas City, this could put a big stint on automakers growth in the state, and throughout the midwest. But Tesla won’t take it lying down.
In a recent release, Tesla officials made it very clear that the bill was “not an innocent, minor amendment,” but that it was aimed directly at Tesla by dealer lobby groups. And that “The people of Missouri deserve better from their elected officials.” Tesla is asking customers to contact their legislators to help stop the bill.
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