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North Carolina’s Car Dealers Sponsor Bill to Ban the Sale of Tesla EV’s

By Joao Peixe | Mon, 20 May 2013 21:28 | 1

And the stories regarding Tesla just continue to pop out of the wood work. Can they do nothing without grabbing the media’s attention?

This time, to be fair, it is not something they have done, but rather something being done to them.

North Carolina has proposed a bill to ban the sale of Tesla’s electric cars in the state.

As the Daily Beast reports, “technically it’s a ban on automakers selling cars directly to consumers without going through a licensed dealer, but because Tesla is the only automaker that does this, it’s pretty blatantly a Tesla ban.”

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One thing that the preposterous ban does show is that sponsoring senators works. The North Carolina Car Dealers Association saw fit to donate $8,000 to state senator Tom Apodaca, and low and behold, it is he who has proposed the bill.

North Carolina are not the first state to try and ban Tesla from selling its cars directly to consumers, and no others have yet met with success. A similar bill in Minnesota failed, as did the one in Massachusetts, and New York. North Carolina is hopeful after the Senate passed the bill on Monday, but it may all come to nothing in the end anyway. Forbes has highlighted the fact that even if the bill is passed, it is unlikely that it could stand up to any legal scrutiny in court as it would be ruled that no state government can “regulate interstate commerce as this was a power reserved by Congress.”

By. Joao Peixe of Oilprice.com

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  • JT on May 21 2013 said:
    Always amazing. $8,000 is all it takes to get a state senator to do what you want.

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