Tesla Motors’ State-By-State Dealer Battle – Interactive Map Via Automotive News


New Jersey is the latest state to ban Tesla from selling directly to consumers in stores.  New Jersey’s Tesla stores will soon become galleries after April 1st 2014.

Tesla Store

Tesla Store

Staff there can answer any questions regarding Tesla vehicles, but can not discuss price or complete a sale.

This ban only effects sales. Service stations will still be available for Tesla owners.

However, anyone in the USA can purchase a Tesla Vehicle via phone or online and even those New Jersey residents are able to go across the river to purchase a Tesla vehicle in the Manhattan or King of Prussia store.

So, it’s not like Tesla’s loss in New Jersey is a deal killer.

Other states in the US have similar restrictions on Tesla.  Rather than do a rundown of where Tesla can/can’t sell its vehicles, we figured this interactive map put forth by Automotive News tells the tale of Tesla’s state-by-state situation rather well.

The only unfortunate part is that Automotive News is subscription only, meaning that to access the interactive version of this map you’ll have to follow the link below and subscribe.  However, even without a subscription one can easily see where Tesla stores are located and where Tesla can/can’t conduct its direct sales model.

*Note: Map is a couple weeks old, so New Jersey is not listed as “banned” yet.

Source: Automotive News

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20 Comments on "Tesla Motors’ State-By-State Dealer Battle – Interactive Map Via Automotive News"

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I don’t think displays are banned in Az as this map shows. AFAIK there is a Model S on display in Scottsdale Fasion Square.

The map does a great job of showing the scale of the problem to overcome…

Why can’t there be a single federal law that allows the direct sale of US Made Electric Vehicles in all 50 states? I think that would be of great benefit to the American Economy as a whole, while preventing dumping of goods from overseas….

No it doesn’t.
The map is wrong.
Tesla storefronts are not banned in Arizona

While Tesla is allowed to have displays in AZ, I thought no sales were allowed to occur (or even be discussed) there. Isn’t this the case?
Otherwise I don’t quite get the point of the just-introduced House Bill 2123, which as far as I understand, would supposedly ok such sales…

Because of lobbyists. Even they aren’t all on the same page.

Good luck getting this congress to pass such a law, let alone the president to sign it. The Dems won’t do it because of Union special interests, and the Reps won’t do it because of the dealership special interests. It will take a lot more grassroots pressure.

GM has joined the legal war on Tesla in Ohio with written testimony against Tesla:


Make no mistake this is not about a retail model, this is about getting rid of a disruptive new competitor altogether by cleverly, systematically and deviously targeting its Achilles heal.

I don’t think so. If Tesla is allowed to sell cars directly (which I support), then who is to say that GM or BMW can’t? Lot’s of vested interest is at stake, and to be fair, if the law has to be changed (and again, I think it should), it needs to be done in orderly fashion. I’m putting myself in the shoes of the dealer that just invested in a brand new showroom, he or she wants a return on that investment, not the rug pulled from under their feet. In the meantime, Tesla can develop a franchise. It’s not gonna kill them.

Actually it’s the cardealers supported by carmakers like GM that are using their influence to change the state laws because in most states they don’t stand in the way of the retail model Tesla wants as they discovered after several lawsuits that were thrown out of court.

And yes, the franchise model is going to hurt Tesla big time. It needs to move the metal, especially with a high volume model planned in a few years and traditional cardealers are just not interested in selling a product that needs a lot of explaining and contributes little to their bread and butter: maintenance and repair revenues.

What is needed is easy access mall locations where people get acquainted with this new and relatively unknown product and get their questions answered by salespeople who are actually motivated but it’s typical for what the cardealers and carmakers like GM are trying to achieve here that that very concept is made illegal in the new laws they are arranging for themselves in states like New Jersey.

Thats huge. InsideEVs should do a story on that.

Wonder if GM is really pro-EV.
Sort of explains their supposed support of CCS (combo plug). Is it really pushing a new quick charge standard or just trying to kill CHAdeMO and quick charging in general?

Yes, this is huge and I tipped this story to several green car sites including this one. So far nothing for reasons I don’t understand.

I agree: GM’s behaviour regarding EVs is odd. Not just supporting the “Frankenplug” but also the way Voltec was sidetracked in the predictably still born ELR. The Volt clearly had one main mission: warrant a bail out. It succeeded and for GM it’s mostly business as usual again including behaviour that harms the interests of the very people who were cheated out of billions of taxdollars so this nasty ICE age dinosaur could survive.

Agreed. While I have to commend GM for the Volt (the PHV with the longest electric range by far), some of its moves are very ambiguous if not downright anti-EV indeed.

GM’s anti-CHAdeMO and now anti-Tesla lobbying efforts are pretty telling IMHO. But also, e.g:
– Coining then trademarking the term “range anxiety”.
– Referring to the Volt as an EV, creating confusion.
– Possibly as a result, making (bad) ads such as this one http://insideevs.com/video-chevy-volt-range-extender-saves-you-from-walking-across-a-scorching-hot-desert-full-of-snakes/
– Making its only EV offering out of a not-so-popular ICE, the Spark (although GM apparently failed to control the enthusiasm of the engineers who worked on it, as the Spark EV is said to be a blast to drive).
– Severely limiting its availability, confirming its “compliance car only” status.

This leaves us with Tesla as the only American car-maker taking EVs seriously. Sad.

Didn’t WA change to legally allowed a couple of weeks ago?

Steve – here is what happen in WA State per an email I received back from a State Rep.

Thanks for your letter. HB 2524 stalled in the Senate, but the Senate version, SB 6272, passed unanimously out of the Senate and is awaiting a House vote. The bills were amended at the very last second. I hope you find that the amendment alleviates your concerns.

All the best,

Mark Hargrove
State Representative

Dealers hopefully will finally get their
comeupence. After cheating the public for years a company that embraces the free market comes along and they want to stop them in their tracks. Why? It is simply all about money, andhow much the dealers get for the overpriced cars they are selling.This is what happens when pigs(dealers) and farmers(governments) get together, the rest of the animals(the public) get the shaft.

In the end, does it really matter? After visiting the gallery to see the cars in person, go home, log on and order your car.

It only matters to me in that the potential customers that turn away because its not as easy as buying a piece of crap mercedes or bmw.

Yup, plus some states even prohibit test drives apparently. How many people would buy a 70 to 100k+$ car without trying one first?

Tesla test drive events are designed to circumvent that problem.

The one thing to remember about Tucker was that they didn’t fail because their business model or their car didn’t work.

Tucker failed because the people failed to go to their politicians and demand action to stop Tucker’s opponents from abusing govt rules in order to crush Tucker.

If you’ve bothered to post here, but haven’t emailed your State Representatives, and your Representatives in the US Congress, there is one more step you can do. You can follow the link below and start emailing the folks who write the laws, and let them know you back Tesla: