Legislature passes a bill that would allow Tesla to open showroom, service shop in Wyoming CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Legislature passed a bill that would allow Tesla, the electric vehicle manufacturer, to sell cars directly to drivers in the state — with lawmakers enthusiastically proclaiming the move will give a bump to Powder River Basin coal. Senate File 57 changed the state’s franchise law to allow direct sale of vehicles to Wyomingites without the use of independently owned car dealerships, said Daniel Witt, a manager of business development and policy for the Palo Alto, California-based company, who lobbied for the legislation. Rep. Nathan Winters, a Thermopolis Republican, noted that power plants in about 30 states generate electricity with Wyoming coal. He argued that supporting the bill would be a way to support Wyoming’s fossil fuels. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ I have thought this has made sense since forever. The argument should me made in coal country that EVs run on local energy while gasoline/diesel cars run on foreign energy. Wind/BES will inevitably replace coal in Wyoming but the Wyoming legislature does not know that. BTW The Governor is expected to sign the bill.