If you haven’t heard, Tesla has been in an ongoing battle to sell its electric vehicles directly to customers in all 50 United States. The practice differs greatly from having authorized third-party dealers sell its vehicles to customers. This week, the EV startup’s battle saw a setback in Connecticut, with General Motors lending a not-so-helping hand.
A Connecticut bill (SB3) that would have allowed Tesla to sell its vehicles directly to customers was close to falling through on Monday. That’s when the EV maker promised a regional distribution center in the state that would create 150 jobs, if it were allowed to sell cars in the state.“New car dealers and GM are powerful lobbyists.”
“Tesla is prepared to make a real and lasting commitment to Connecticut”, said Tesla’s government relations manager Will Nicholas. “We want to invest here. We want to create jobs here. And we want to serve Connecticut customers.”
But after hard lobbying against SB3 by local car dealers and General Motors, the bill fell through.
“Without an agreement I couldn’t bring it to a vote in the Senate”, Senate majority leader Bob Duff was quoted as saying to the CT Post. “New car dealers and GM are powerful lobbyists.”
At this point, there’s a possibility that the bill will get another hearing next year.