Pennsylvania Passes Legislation To Allow 5 Tesla Stores Statewide

JUL 9 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 13

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Tesla Motors has scored one more minor win in its ongoing battle to sell vehicles in dealership-controlled US states.

This win comes in Pennsylvania, where Tesla Motors has been granted an exception.  The exception allows Tesla to open up a total of 5 stores statewide in which the automaker will be allowed to fully sell its electric vehicles.

As Bloomberg reports:

“Tesla Motors Inc., which has battled U.S. auto dealer groups over its direct sales of electric cars through company-owned stores, was approved by lawmakers in Pennsylvania to expand retail operations there.”

The legislation “lets the Palo Alto, California-based carmaker increase the number of stores in Pennsylvania and add more service centers.  The legislation, which allows as many as five stores in the state, passed 197-2 in the House and still must be signed by Governor Tom Corbett, a Republican, to become law.”

Bloomberg says it received confirmation of this pro-Tesla legislation via an email from the automaker.  Our guess is that Bloomberg is the only news outlet that received this email.

Diarmuid O’Connell, Tesla’s vice president for business development, told Bloomberg:

“We hope the process in Pennsylvania serves as an example for how productive cooperation can lead to a win for all parties involved, dealers and legislators included.”

Bloomberg even spoke to O’Connell via phone.  He’s quoting as saying:

“I regard this as the glass is half full.”

Meaning it’s not an all-out win for Tesla, but it’s better than nothing.

Bloomberg states:

“Tesla now operates a Pennsylvania store in King of Prussia and service centers in Devon and Norristown, and plans to open a store in Devon soon.”

Source: Bloomberg

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13 Comments on "Pennsylvania Passes Legislation To Allow 5 Tesla Stores Statewide"

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Sublime

How generous of them to allow a company to open 5 whole stores.

Mint

Honestly, I don’t think Tesla minds exemption deals like this.

5 stores will serve their needs for quite some time, and none of the other automakers have the luxury of selling direct. Tesla’s competitors will all be selling through dealers that don’t have much incentive to sell low-maintenance EVs, so as long as Tesla can have a few stores in each state, dealer laws will just wind up helping Tesla dominate pure EV marketshare.

Lou

A small foothold but a foothold nonetheless!

Nelson

That’s five store employing Pennsylvanians. Guess their unemployment rate is so low they can limit the number of stores thus limiting employment opportunities.

Wake-up people.

NPNS! SBF!
Volt#671

Steven

Yeah, our “beloved leader”, Corbett the First, seems to think our state has no “real unemployment”, and therefore wants to eliminate aid for those who claim to be in need. SMH. Well, we’ll be rid of him soon enough.

GoBlue88

Politics is so stupid.

Lou Grinzo

Some day, when EVs have taken over transportation and “oil burners” are as rare as ’57 Chevys are now, people will tell stories about idiocies like these knuckle-dragging state policies, and many people simply won’t believe it.

We can’t get there soon enough.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

How many wealthy cities in PA could support Tesla dealerships?

Plus, they could always open a store in Delaware (Christiana Mall most likely), to go with the Supercharger 😉

TomArt

Unfortunately, not many – 5 stores seems about right at least through the end of the decade. There is a lot of PA that is rural and spread out with unreliable power (storms taking out powerlines, etc.). There are not a lot of modern, densely-populated regions that can take advantage of daily EV driving. The range of Teslas help that a bit, but still, I think EVs will catch on rather slowly outside of the Philadelphia, Pittsburg, Harrisburg, Scranton/Wilkes-barre and Reading/Allentown areas.

ffbj

I think most important thing is the continuing precedence, though painfully slow, this sets.
It makes states like TX,AZ, and a few others look completely backward. Backward looking instead of forward looking, imo.
Yesterday’s solutions for transportation with the introduction of the ice had both positive and negative consequences, now it is time to move to a transportation solution with fewer of those negatives, but those and their political cronies that benefit from the old model do not wish to see that benefit decrease. Similar to what is going on with utilities and home solar installations.

Of course Tesla will not be buying out GM Ford and others collecting all the ice’s and burning them as GM did with a much better mass transit system that existed at that time, the street car companies, which they bought up and destroyed in the 50’s and 60’s, with the collusion of local governments.

ffbj

Though I suppose in the realm of unintended consequences without GM and Eisenhower we would not have the Californians:
https://screen.yahoo.com/californians-drama-off-405-000000032.html

Steven

Only five? Well I guess that’s better that some states…

MDEV

I call that free market progress now we had the same number of Tesla stores in PA and China.