Pennsylvania Passes Legislation To Allow 5 Tesla Stores Statewide
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.
“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.”