According To Tesla Motot's NC, The Company Used More Than Two-Dozen Different North Carolina Suppliers In The Development And Production Of The Model S
North Carolina General Assembly will meet on May 7th at 11am to decide the selling fate of Tesla Motors in that state, but before that happens you can check out Tesla Motors NC and learn how to support the cause.
UPDATE: Assembly meeting has been moved to Thursday May 9th, 2013 UPDATE 2: The measure was approved on a voice vote and now goes to the Senate floor.
Tesla's VP OF Business Development, Diarmuid O'Connell has asked the GA to exempt car sales of the Model S that happen only over Internet. The bill's sponsor, unsurprisingly, rejected that request, but did say he was "more than open to working this out." A direct-sales maximum threshold to allow for some Tesla sales in the state was also discussed.
As it has been issued, Senate Bill 327 (SB 327) would prohibit North Carolinians from purchasing the Model S electric sedan from Tesla by limiting how it can be sold through the Internet. The law, if enacted, would prevent from Tesla selling cars both online and in the state.
Tesla Motors NC wants to amend SB 327 to permit U.S.-based manufacturers of zero-emission all-electric vehicles to sell their vehicles directly to North Carolina consumers.
What is Tesla Motors NC itself? The site explains themselves as follows:
This site was established by North Carolinians who have launched a public awareness campaign to educate and mobilize supporters who believe that North Carolina should be “open for business” to Tesla, a U. S. Manufacturer of quality zero-emission, all-electric passenger cars.
By joining the site's mailing list, which is currently being promoted by Tesla Motors officially via their Facebook page and Twitter, you will learn all that is happening in the state and how you can support the automaker.
"We appreciate your interest in joining our campaign, and look forward to speaking with you soon. Please use the form below to send us your comments. If you provide your email address, we’ll add you to our contact list for news updates and action alerts."
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The site's founders and participants state that "North Carolinians should be free to choose the vehicle they want and how they purchase those vehicles directly from the company," and that "service/sales centers add between $7-10 million in direct economic activity and 15-20 jobs per location. Additionally, car sales provide sales tax revenue along with annual registration and title fees."
Tesla has recently already opened their first service center in Raleigh, and the site says that 'almost' 60 Tesla Model S electric sedans have been ordered in North Carolina. If all goes well Tuesday, Tesla plans to open a sales location and additional service centers in the near future.
Tesla Motors NC urges North Carolinians, and other interested parties to get involved as directly as possible:
"A hearing on SB 327 will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in room 1027 in the Legislative Building. Please attend this meeting and call or email your legislator and ask them to amend SB 327 so North Carolinians can continue to buy Tesla vehicles directly."
UPDATE: Assembly meeting has been moved to Thursday May 9th, 2013