INDIANAPOLIS (WOWO): A motor company known for directly selling their vehicles to consumers without the need for dealerships is opposing a bill in the Indiana legislature that would effectively end that practice in the Hoosier state.
In a letter sent to their motor club in Indiana, they are calling on residents to contact their local lawmakers to defeat a bill that would prevent direct sales. Tesla almost entirely sells directly to consumers. The bill calls for a December 31, 2017 cut-off date for auto manufacturers to have a dealer license.
I their letter, they accuse GM of pushing the Senate Committee to “shut out Tesla.” ARS Technica is reporting that Tesla couldn’t provide them with any hard evidence that GM authored the bill.
GM has yet to respond directly to Tesla, only saying that the supports the bill because it would level the playing field. They say their network of dealerships is a convenience to customers who never have to drive to another state to buy or service their vehicle.