It’s hard to fully comprehend the cognitive dissonance it takes for politicians in a state like Texas to so loudly trumpet its “freer” market, while prohibiting a company like Tesla from selling its wares its way. It isn’t just Texas, though, as both Arizona and Connecticut still explicitly prohibit the direct sale of the Model S within their state borders.
That doesn’t mean Tesla has no presence in these states, though. In addition to several service centers, Tesla operates 125 individual Superchargers (across 21 different locations), reports Autoblog Green, in addition to several galleries. Customers can learn about the Model S in one of these galleries, though employees can’t take them for a test drive, discuss pricing, or even take an order; that all has to be done online.
While Connecticut is edging towards a deal with Tesla to allow three stores in the Nutmeg State (rather than five, as the automaker had hoped), Texas politicians failed to vote on a pro-Tesla bill in the state congress. That’s a shame, because Tesla is hiring more and more employees everyday as it grows in size and scope. There are 61 Tesla stores in the US alone right now, with a third of those centered on California. There are still 32 states in America that don’t have even a single Tesla store, though there are still nearly 500 Supercharger outlets in those states. In total, Tesla says there are 1,223 Supercharger outlets across the contry, with California the big winner with 220 outlets, followed by Florida (79), Arizona (66), and Utah (48).
Why all these Superchargers in places Tesla can’t even sell its cars? Because this is a company that actually seems to care about its customers. It’s one of Tesla’s biggest competitive advantages, and the company isn’t spiting loyal owners simply because state governments can’t be bothered to update their laws for the 21st century.
Once these Luddite states get out of the way, Tesla’s payroll and physical presence across the country will grow by leaps and bounds.