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Tesla Escapes Direct Sales Ban in Indiana

Tesla stands to be the only automaker allowed to sell direct-to-the consumer in Indiana if the state’s legislature approves an amendment that would exempt the company from a ban on the practice.

The house bill 1592 was approved 9-1 in the Roads and Transportation committee and will now bill considered by the house.

State Rep. Ed Soliday said of the bill:

“It’s very clear – it’s not ambiguous – no auto manufacturer may sell directly to the public. Then, we grandfathered in Tesla and any manufacturers of motor vehicles that registered before July 1st, 2015. We don’t think there are any other (manufacturers) out there, but this makes certain that we are only allowing this kind of sales with people that have demonstrated consumer service and accountability.”

A video of the introduction and passing of the amendment is below.

eyemdphd

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Feb 20, 2016
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I attended the hearing yesterday. Our folks did a really good job. Many dealerships represented. The hearing was recessed after the primary dealer (the last witness to testify) stated he had no problem with Tesla and was mainly concerned with Chinese imports potentially coming in. The Chairman asked him if he was willing to work out a compromise and he said yes. The Chairman said he would work on some amendments and present them this morning. I watched the meeting this morning via the legislature webcast. Bottom line is, if I heard it correctly, is that Tesla is grandfathered out of this legislation. (The amendments are not yet posted).
 
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I attended the hearing yesterday. Our folks did a really good job. Many dealerships represented. The hearing was recessed after the primary dealer (the last witness to testify) stated he had no problem with Tesla and was mainly concerned with Chinese imports potentially coming in. The Chairman asked him if he was willing to work out a compromise and he said yes. The Chairman said he would work on some amendments and present them this morning. I watched the meeting this morning via the legislature webcast. Bottom line is, if I heard it correctly, is that Tesla is grandfathered out of this legislation. (The amendments are not yet posted).
The amendment is posted elsewhere. It passed 9 to 1 and exempts Tesla!
 
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