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Tide Turning in Arizona?

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  1. dauger

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    #1 dauger, Mar 20, 2014
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    Republican Arizona state senators have endorsed and passed a bill allowing direct sales by Tesla:

    Arizona bill would allow Tesla to skip dealers

    Tesla Sales to Be Legalized in Arizona?

    Is the catalyst the Gigafactory or Christie's folly or both?

    Either way this may be a trend because in every story I see people, except for those who financially benefit from the dealership model, seem to believe that Tesla will ultimately triumph over the dealers.

    In the short term, I hope Arizona citizens call their local reps now to vote for this pro-Tesla bill, House bill 2123.
     
  2. sajeevar

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    awesome! Hope Texas follows in the same direction as well.
     
  3. Chris Naps

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    Not quite. It passed representative's, but not the senate. The senate will decide on the issue. I bet you that if Tesla does not choose them as the plant holders, then they will ban it again or wait until they get the plant to enact the law. It is all about money in the end...
     
  4. Jeredin

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    Speaking from Chandler, AZ, I see Model S' all over the place and they have a great gallery in Scottsdale mall. I really hope my state does the right thing, bringing more business to AZ and freedom to buy Teslas directly. Wouldn't hurt if we got the factory too. :wink:
     
  5. TexasEV

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    Amazing what the possibility of billions of dollars of investment and 6500 jobs will do. Even the auto dealers cartel can't match that.
     
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    Also, I was thinking of contacting my State about direct sales. Anyone have a good link to some info I could provide them with? There's a lot of money starting to be pulled together to kill Tesla's attempts to sell directly without dealerships and I want them to know, that I not only want Tesla to sell directly in my state, but all manufacturers. GM is starting to pull against Tesla's move, just because they can't. GM and others should be banding together with Tesla, not against . . .
     
  7. mpt

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    This is great news for NJers, something to point towards.

    This is the key phrase IMO:

     
  8. Robert.Boston

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    This is poorly drafted and could bite Tesla. Tesla does not "only make electric vehicles". It also provides electric drivetrains to other OEMs, provides a charging infrastructure, builds battery packs for SolarCity installations, etc. The law should read:
     
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    Yikes Robert, that's a scary insight into the pedantic minds of the legislature :)

    Of course, I should have known this and I'm sure that you're absolutely right!
     
  10. RubberToe

    RubberToe Supporting the greater good

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    This is no longer the case, see the other thread.

    RT
     
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    Which other thread?
     
  12. AnOutsider

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    I'd actually go a bit farther. Why does the drivetrain matter?

    Really, if we're protecting consumers, the last part is what matters. If we want to write franchise protection into law, then the first part is sufficient IMO.
     
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    I agree that the bill is poorly worded, but believe the intent is to allow Tesla to sell in the state. The requirement that a company "only make electric vehicles" is ambiguous, but was meant IMHO to refer to electric vehicles vs ICE/hybrid rather than accessories, power supplies, and components.
     
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    Poorly worded leaves opportunity for regulators to do what they did in NJ. Is there no opportunity for the bill author to change the language ?
     
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    The other states in contention that have laws like this too. The intelligence it takes to put at risk 6,500 jobs and billions to the economy over tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions is amazing.
     
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    I understand the article such that the bill is not actually dead yet, just not progressing and time is running out. The fact that the Republican they talked to is for Tesla sales makes it sound more like, "Hey, if we don´t do anything this bill is going to die!"
     
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    Our hope that legislators might act in the interest of the people of the state is very dead. Death in the state legislature typically happens when the leadership fails to move a bill along. Death happens when selfish people look to their own interests over those of others.
     

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