Tesla in the News

Warren Buffett visits Capitol and “Buffett Bill” is born

The Texas Senate could soon debate the “Buffett Bill,” a special interest carve-out aimed at giving billionaire Warren Buffett a little relief from protectionist state laws. And the bill that would help electric car maker Tesla Motors? Stalled. BY JAY ROOT APRIL 20, 2017 A couple of years ago, famed billionaire Warren Buffett got into the Read more…

Capital Tonight April 19: House Lawmakers Embark on Another Marathon Floor Debate

Texas lawmakers are debating pumping an extra $1.5 billion into Texas schools. On Wednesday’s show, we had the latest on the House plan to fix the way schools are funded in the state. Plus, the House has initially okay’ed statewide ride-hailing rules. We told you what it could mean for companies like Uber and Lyft Read more…

Tesla Tries To Change How You Can Buy A Car In Texas (Again)

By MOSE BUCHELE • APR 17, 2017 For years the electric car company Tesla has tried to change the way people are allowed to buy cars in Texas. The company wants make it legal for consumers to cut out the middleman and buy cars directly from the manufacturer, a way of car shopping that’s already Read more…

Tesla powers ahead: Our view

The Editorial Board , USA TODAYPublished 10:26 p.m. ET April 11, 2017 | Updated 11:03 p.m. ET April 11, 2017 In taking on entrenched auto dealers, upstart carmaker becomes a champion of free enterprise. These days there is nothing particularly unusual about high-flying tech companies. They often take off like rockets, sometimes falling back to earth, Read more…

Tesla’s latest Texas proposal would let all carmakers sell directly to customers

By Katherine Blunt March 30, 2017   Photo: Bob Luckey Jr., Staff Photographer  Tesla Motors, stymied twice in the Texas Legislature in recent sessions, is championing a more sweeping approach to dismantling regulations that prevent it from selling its electric vehicles throughout the state. The company is backing a pair of bills introduced in the Read more…

Repeal of Current Car Dealership Laws Seen as Critical to Technical Innovation

posted by Jim Forsyth 3/31/2017 A powerful coalition of conservative and Tea Party groups has written to leaders of the Texas Legislature, urging them to move this session to end the state’s laws that require new cars to be sold only through third party dealerships, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.The group says Texas is one Read more…

Free Market Auto Sales Bills Moving Forward in Texas

By Raz Shafer  |  March 24, 2017, 09:19am  |  @razshafer Auto Dealers have long held a monopoly on new car sales, and it’s time for that to end! Last month, I wrote extensively on efforts in Texas to reform the law and allow direct sales, from manufacturer to consumer. They’re being championed by Tesla but Read more…

Auto Dealers are Stifling the Free Market

By Raz Shafer  |  February 23, 2017, 01:55pm  |  @razshafer The Economy is Changing There can be no doubt. From Uber to AirBnB; revolutionizing the way we get from point A to B or find a place to stay. It’s awesome! Consumer costs are dropping, entrepreneurship is growing and outdated regulations are being challenged. But not everybody Read more…

Tesla tries a new, ambitious approach at Texas Capitol

Tesla is not giving up at the Texas Capitol. In fact, it’s getting more ambitious. Instead of looking to create any kind of carve-out that favors the high-end electric car maker, legislation filed Friday would simply allow any vehicle manufacturer to sell directly to Texans — bypassing the middleman dealers — in Tesla’s biggest challenge Read more…

Tesla vs. Texas dealerships explained: Are more luxury electric cars headed our way?

By Dylan Baddour May 23, 2016 Updated: May 26, 2016 1:51pm Tesla Motors’ Lone Star ambitions won the blessing of the Texas GOP at the party convention in Dallas this month, paving the path towards a possible end to the three years of drama over the electric car manufacturer’s right to sell in Texas.  RELATED: Electric cars will Read more…