Pro-Tesla Bill Passes 48-4 In Georgia – Sales Cap Of 150 Per Year Removed

MAR 26 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 22

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According to Biz Journals, Tesla is just one small step away from scoring a major win in Georgia:

“The Georgia Senate gave final passage Wednesday to legislation that would take the wraps off Tesla Motors’ ability to sell its all-electric sedans in Georgia.”

The bill passed the Senate 48-4.  It now goes to Governor Nathan Deal for signing.  Deal is expected to sign the bill into law.

The legislation would “let Tesla expand its operations in Georgia from three stores to five. More importantly, it would lift a cap in current law that limits Tesla sales in the Peach State to 150 a year,” according to Biz Journals.

It’s the removal of that 150-unit-per-year cap that’s a big deal for Tesla.

Additionally, there’s wording in the bill that basically states direct sales do not violate Georgia law.

Hat tip to Michael Beinenson!

Source: Biz Journals

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22 Comments on "Pro-Tesla Bill Passes 48-4 In Georgia – Sales Cap Of 150 Per Year Removed"

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Good!

I think you mean, “Excellent”.

I think you misspelled “F**k yeah!”

All I can say is “what the heck!?!” How would a stupid law of 150 a year get passed in the first place? Politicians trying too hard to make themselves relevant.

Next up– Texas!

Texans, please go to http://www.teslaintexas.org and use the “tell your legislator” or “take action” link to send a message to your legislators asking them to support HB 1653/SB 639 which would allow direct sales of Tesla in Texas. The bills allow up to 12 stores for auto manufacturers that have not had franchised dealers.

Thanks for the link, Ed. On it!

I’m haven’t read the details in HB 1653/SB 639, but I think for the next couple of years these statutes that limit the number of Tesla stores are OK based on Tesla’s business model.

Some stats:

New Jersey allows four Tesla stores, or one Tesla store for every 2.25-million residents.

Georgia allows five Tesla stores, or one Tesla store for every 2-million residents.

If Texas would follow suit at one Tesla store for every 2-million residents, that would mean 13 or 14 Tesla stores for Texas (27.7-million Texans divided by 2-million = 13.85.)

Once the Model 3 ramps up production (5 years from now?), this limitation would need to be addressed.

I already did it, but keep reminding people.

When SpaceX soon starts launching Falcon rockets (1-3 per month) from Texas coast, and the Hyperloop Test Track starts construction; Texas politicians will realize Elon knows a bit about transportation. If not logically, the financial and visibility of the projects will have media visibility that politicians seek out.

For Tesla Texas sales, its just a matter of time … (likely well before Gen3 is in production).

The problem is Texas legislation only meets every other year. So there is only one more chance before Gen III, if it doesn’t get passed this Spring.

Thank God for Georgia! Did I really write that?

It’s a step forward but it would be better to eliminate all these restrictions on competition. Still don’t see any major effort to allow manufacturers with dealers to sell direct. That would probably be more significant.

I too applaud GA, since Alabama doesn’t allow Tesla to sell and Atlanta is only 164 miles from where I live. An easy day trip to test drive and order one for home delivery!

Who were the 4 that voted against it, and how much money from the AutoDearship Lobby did they get?

Great news!

Unfortunately, this just reminds us that in some States where Tesla is allowed to sell cars from its showrooms, there may be restrictions on those sales; restrictions which legacy auto dealers don’t face.

It’s always great to see news that Tesla has won a legal battle in one State or another. But this ongoing State-by-State battle is a painfully slow process, and no doubt interminably frustrating to Tesla. Tesla Motors should be in the business of making and selling awesome cars, not in the “business” of lobbying State legislators (and Governors) to change or remove protectionist laws.

+1

Yeah, because … free market!

American business is about who can control the market, not fair competition.

Been this way since the 1900s when Standard Oil(now Exxon) bought up all the refineries and bribed President Mckinley to create a National Oil Monopoly. Today the modern version of bribery is for businesses to donate campaign money and to provide favors to politicians in exchange for favorable legislative acts.

A true free market is vapor in a real world.

Very well said.

True.

GEORGIA ON MY MIND

Wait, the governor’s name is Mr. Deal?

if I buy an electric car today. would I get 5k from Georgia next year even if they cancel the rebate later this year?