From the Rod & Truck article. . . ROADandTRACK.com -- Cover Story - It Takes a World to Build a Tesla (3/2008) Because of the patchwork of new-car sales franchise laws from state to state, Tesla won't be able to own its distribution system and may choose to deal with franchised dealers or set up a network through a large dealer group similar to smart USA's arrangement with Roger Penske's United Automotive Group. Yerg. I thought the whole point of owning their distribution system was to avoid falling within the purview of those laws. Siry said initial plans to regionally limit Tesla sales and slowly roll out nationally have been abandoned, since customers for the first batch of cars are scattered all around the country. If those plans have been abandoned, do I still have to pay the $8000 out-of-service-area surcharge?