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Take your congressman for a ride!

Discussion in 'Tesla, Inc.' started by davecolene0606, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. davecolene0606

    Apr 14, 2013
    Fort Pierce, FL
    #1 davecolene0606, Aug 23, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2013
    Hey everyone, a few weeks back I sent this letter to my congressman:

    Hi Patrick,
    We met briefly during your campaign at Big Apple Pizza and my wife and I supported your candidacy both by action and financially.
    Recently, we took delivery of our second Tesla Model S. This is an all electric sedan that carries 5 adults + 2 children 300 miles and can be recharged for another 300 miles in as little as 20 minutes. It is built in Fremont California by Tesla Motors which is a public company (TSLA). Tesla recently paid back its 465 million dollar loan from the DOE ATVM program 9 years early and at a profit to tax payers.

    Tesla has a unique marketing strategy in that it has no franchise agreements to sell their vehicles. As a matter of fact, we had the pleasure of buying our 2 vehicles simply by ordering them on the Internet and they were delivered to our house. Tesla also has a different business model in that very little in the way of servicing the vehicle mechanically has to be done. In fact Elon Musk, the company CEO, has directed that the service portion of the business NOT to be a profit center.

    So why all of this information? Currently, many states have regulations that REQUIRE vehicles only to be sold through a dealer, making direct sales from the manufacturer illegal. Of course these laws stem from the outdated notion of protecting the mom and pop corner car dealer of years past from being crushed by the giant auto manufacter opening up a "factory" store and to assure consumers had a place to have their automobiles serviced. All relavent 50 years ago. Now, a large number of dealers are nothing more than large corporations themselves dedicated to the "sell Em cheap and make it up in service " business model. Of course they want to protect their money making machines. The NADA is actively involved in supporting legislation not only to extend these kinds of anticapitalist anticonsumer and competition stifling laws, they are looking to make it illegal for a company to sell product via the Internet as well. (North Carolina)

    Clearly, these efforts fly in the face of the interstate commerce clause of the constitution as well as the Sherman antitrust act amongst other laws designed to thwart anticompetitive and monopolistic practices. These are the kinds of practices that crush the American middle class consumer economic engine and ultimately, stifle inovation, economic growth and prosperity.

    I am asking that you ask the FTC and DOJ look into both the existing and proposed state laws that have been and are being written right now. The NADA says it is acting to protect the consumer which is just pure hyperbole. If anything the BBB will tell you more about protecting consumers from auto dealer practices than dealers protecting consumer interests. I understand the various auto dealer associations garner an inordinate level of influence in various legislative bodies via lobbying and financial support of campaigns. These practices have truly perverted our democratic process that we all value and for which so many have given so much for to preserve for our children.

    I would love to give you and your staff the opportunity to see and drive the Tesla Model S so you can speak with your peers on the subject from first hand knowledge. This is truly a paradigm shift (think Henry Ford and Model T) for personal transportation in the making as well as a shining example of business working with government that results in regaining of American leadership in technology and inovation that has lead directly to producing durable goods and jobs which necessarily is resulting in economic benefit and the rebuilding a strong middle class in our country.

    If you are interested I would be happy to bring the Model S to you and speak with you further on the subject and have you drive the vehicle first hand at your convenience.

    Thanx in advance,

    Dave Israel

    to my congressman (Patrick Murphy D FL 18th district) well, today Patrick got to drive the S and he's got the Tesla grin. We spoke about many subjects surrounding Tesla, electric cars, national energy policy, regulations standing in the way Tesla and alternative energy adoption.

    Then he drove the car... After driving the S it was crystal clear that the light bulb on how all of these subjects were connected went on brightly! Patrick was astounded by how the car drove, performed and... Really it's electric!? He is now armed with first hand experience to fight the fight in DC. Patrick commented on how important it is for ALL of congress to experience this first hand. He left the experience quite excited for the future that, as he said, he had just driven. Here is the link to the YouTube: Tesla Test Drive - YouTube

    So, take your rep for a ride, let's get all of our congressmen and senators behind the wheel of an S. A picture is worth a thousand words, actual experience.... Priceless!!!!

    What say you all?
  2. Krugerrand

    Krugerrand Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2012
    Well done!

    A person really has to see, feel and experience the car to 'get it'.
  3. CalDreamin

    CalDreamin Member

    Jun 12, 2013
    Bay Area
    Well done Dave, great job! It's apparent from the near miss in the North Carolina state legislature that "Take Your Elected Official For a Model S Drive" can be an effective way to influence public policy.
  4. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

    Nov 10, 2011
    As much as I hate the vacation time I would have to sacrifice to get there...

    Posts like this make me ponder whether we should have the next Teslive in D.C.
  5. davecolene0606

    Apr 14, 2013
    Fort Pierce, FL
    brianman, One thing Patrick did ponder was whether Tesla was introducing this to his peers (lobbying). He definitely thought there would be a significant impact by exposing his peers to the technology and as he put it, "category killer". He also was not lost on the irony of the subsequent conversations on whether the ATVM was worth it, American exceptionality, reducing regulations rather than adding to (dealership stuff) and support of free market capitalism.

    Having said that he also saw the gravity of non professional lobbyists leading the charge. Maybe a pre-TESLIVE congressional invitational event? VIP invite to the event? We could easily demonstrate the wide demographic cross section of owners.

    I think a window of opportunity has opened here.
  6. Effects

    Effects Member

    Jul 30, 2013
    If I took my Congressman for a ride he might turn up missing. ;-)

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