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Michigan bans Tesla direct sales

Sadly, Michigan has just banned direct sales of Tesla vehicles. There is opposition to the bill from Tesla and its suppliers, but Governor Rick Snyder signed the bill anyway.

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A spokesman for Snyder remarked that the governor has to decide by Tuesday whether to sign the measure. Karen Manardo, global marketing and communications director for Inteva Products, remarked that the company’s letter to the governor expresses its opposition to any legislation that prevents Tesla from direct sales.
Many automakers are based in Michigan (obviously) which has probably lobbied for the bill. There are also many Tesla suppliers in Michigan though. 56 Tesla suppliers are based in Michigan and those suppliers should generate $170 million in parts and services for Tesla this year.

The bill was passed by the house and senate on October 2nd and has support from the Michigan Automobile Dealers Association and the national Automobile dealers Association.

http://www.4wheelsnews.com/michigan-...y-for-signing/

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...0IA2MR20141021
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That's brutal. With this happening in MI, should we expect it to start making it's way around to other states where tesla's are sellling?



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Eventually either the state or Tesla will bend. I think the problem is that Tesla is a new car company and there just really hasn't been one of those to deal with entering the market in a very very long time. It just seems like an anti-competitive law to me. What happened to a free market economy?
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I guess it's what happens when the big guys try to run you out of town when they see potential in you. I would have said 'threat' but i doubt the big brands feel threatened by tesla.
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Eventually either the state or Tesla will bend. I think the problem is that Tesla is a new car company and there just really hasn't been one of those to deal with entering the market in a very very long time. It just seems like an anti-competitive law to me. What happened to a free market economy?
free market economy... too bad that didn't happen.
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