With the blessing of the Association of Automobile Manufacturers, the Pennsylvania state government has signed a bill into law that legalizes the state’s only Tesla gallery, and approved the opening of another four. That gives Tesla a total of five gallery options in one of the East Coast’s biggest states, reports Philly.com.
Naturally, the state car dealership association isn’t too happy with Tesla getting its way, but the AAM was warning that the restrictions dealerships were responding with were far too restrictive. The AAM represents companies like Honda, Toyota, Ford, and GM, and while Tesla may be a direct competitor, automakers have traditionally had a confrontational relationship with their dealers as well. However, the pro-Tesla bill even received something of a stamp of approval from the Pennsylvania Automotive Association, which represents about 1,000 Pennsylvania car dealers.
All sides came to a compromise, unlike what happened in neighboring New Jersey, where the battle for Tesla sales continues to unfold. Pro-Tesla legislation has been introduced in the New Jersey state senate, and waits for Governor Chris Christie to sign it into law. All but two state representatives (both Republicans) signed the pro-Tesla bill in Pennsylvania.
Meanwhile, Pennsylvania managed to grant Tesla access to a physically and financially large state without much bloodletting, and with the blessing of both traditional automakers and car dealerships.
Hopefully legislators in Texas are paying attention.