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Tesla Inches One Step Closer To Legal Direct Sales In Arizona

Tesla Motors is one step closer to being able to sell its electric vehicles direct to consumers in the state of Arizona, based on recent happenings.

tesla-store-oregonThe Arizona House Commerce Committee apparently saw the ridiculousness of not allowing car manufacturers to sell direct to consumers and approved HB 2216 (a bill allowing direct sales) in a 5–3 vote. With that approval, HB 2216 is now set to be sent to Arizona’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and then if approved there, to the Rules Committee… and onwards.

Those interested in following the progress of the bill through the legislative process in Arizona can do so here. (Tip of the hat to “AudubonB” on the Tesla Motors Club forum for starting a thread on this subject.)

Something important to note here (as noted by the user “Eseell”) — “Committees don’t have to hear every bill that they’re assigned. If you want to see this happen, write to the members of the T&I committee, and to your district’s reps.”

Despite how much further the bill still has to go though, the recent approval is obviously a good thing and represents perhaps a change of political climate in the state with regards to Tesla.

Those interested in learning more about the fight between Tesla Motors and the car dealership associations are recommended to read these:

Car Dealers Sue Missouri To Stop Tesla Sales

Tesla Will Decisively Win War With Dealership Associations, Industry Journalist Say

Auto Dealers Say Tesla Opening Stores In Minnesota Is “Not Fair”

Tesla Going The Way Of Franchise Dealerships? Elon Musk Hints Yes

Image Credit: Tesla Motors

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.


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