Tesla in the News

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…

Wide Open for Some Businesses

May 18, 2016 by Buddy Kipp Texas state leaders boast that Texas is “wide open for business,” but last session when the direct-to-consumer industry wanted to expand to the Lone Star State, they learned that the door can be quickly slammed shut. Supporters of the free market alternative to car purchasing hope the next legislative session will be Read more…

Texas auto dealers receive Tesla-sized dent from state GOP

Robert T. Garrett  Published: May 20, 2016 6:04 pm AUSTIN — Since 2013, Tesla Motors has pleaded unsuccessfully with lawmakers to allow Texans to buy its electric cars without a middleman dealer. Last week, though, the carmaker won endorsement by state GOP convention delegates of letting consumers buy cars directly from manufacturers. It was an important Read more…

90% Of Texas Republican Delegates Support Tesla Direct Sales

May 24th, 2016 by James Ayre Around 90% of the more than 8,000 state GOP convention delegates in Texas last week endorsed the idea that Tesla should be able to sell directly to customers in the state, according to recent reports. Notable opposition to that majority reportedly came from US Representative Roger Williams and former Read more…

Forget Stereotypes About Rich Texan Oil Barons: Many Texas GOP Delegates Want Tesla To Have Free-Market Sales Rights

BY NIKKI GORDON-BLOOMFIELD   MAY 31, 2016 We’ve all chortled at the animated exploits of fictitious yet entertaining Senator “Shady Bird” Johnson (aka the “Rich Texan”) on The Simpsons, made jokes about ten-gallon hats, and probably at least once or twice, helped perpetuate the myth that Texas — outside of Austin at least — is full of ultra conservative Read more…

Direct-to-consumer auto sales: It’s not just about Tesla

By: Marina Lao, Debbie Feinstein, and Francine Lafontaine | May 11, 2015 11:00AM A fundamental principle of competition is that consumers – not regulation – should determine what they buy and how they buy it. Consumers may benefit from the ability to buy cars directly from manufacturers – whether they are shopping for luxury cars Read more…

Distinguished Reagan Administration Economist Shows Ban on Direct Manufacturer Sales of Cars Harms Texas Consumers and Limits Economic Freedom

April 12, 2015  Distinguished Economist, Reagan Administration Economist Authors Paper Showing Ban on Direct Manufacturer Sales of Cars Harms Texas Consumers and Limits Economic Freedom Today, Dr. Timothy P. Roth, Reagan Administration economic advisor and Chairman of the Department of Economics & Finance at the University of Texas at El Paso, will offer testimony derived Read more…

Glenn Beck: End Texas’ Tesla Tyranny

End Texas’ Tesla Tyranny  by Glenn Beck Recently I had the chance to test drive the iPhone of automobiles, a Tesla. It was the coolest thing I’ve ever driven. Yet Tesla, which sells cars direct-to-consumer, can’t sell me or anyone else a car in the state of Texas. Yes, you read that right: Enterprise is not Read more…

Heritage Foundation – Give Tesla a Truly Free Market by Ending Dealers’ Monopoly

March 26, 2015  By James L. Gattuso Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk wants to sell you a car, but your state government might not let him. Why? He wants to deal directly with you, bypassing the independent dealerships that have acted as middlemen in the car industry for close to a century. In California’s Silicon Valley, Read more…