Tesla in the News

Viewpoint: Auto dealer regulations unfair to Tesla, other big players — and it’s not changing

Rep. Jason Isaac District 45, Texas House of Representatives Texas is one of only four states in the nation that still prohibits direct vehicle sales and requires its residents to buy new cars through a franchised auto dealer instead of directly from the manufacturer. During the legislative session that ended in May, I filed a Read more…

Elon Musk Can’t Sell His Teslas in Texas

In six states, it’s illegal to walk into a company-owned store and buy a car. Alexis Garcia | July 19, 2017 “It makes no sense that an American manufactured vehicle would be so challenging to get,” says Tesla owner Matt Holm. “You have to jump through so many hoops.” When Elon Musk launched the first Tesla Read more…

States banning Tesla sales stand to lose millions in tax revenue each year

By Charlotte Hu Posted on June 26, 2017 Tesla’s unique business model allows them to sell vehicles directly to consumers through both retail locations and Tesla’s online design studio. Direct-to-consumer sales of its vehicles have led to some turbulence with existing car dealerships in many states, including Utah, Louisiana, Connecticut, Texas and Michigan. New Jersey allowed Tesla Read more…

Why It’s Hard To Buy A Tesla In Texas

By ALAIN STEPHENS & LAURA RICE • JUN 9, 2017 From Texas Standard: Ever sat at the gas pump, and just wondered when enough is enough? Constantly fluctuating gas prices, the wasted time spent sitting at the pump – not to mention fumes, smog and other environmental factors – all lead to the search for a better alternative. Listen The Read more…

Tesla Sees Two More Bills For Direct Sales Die In Texas

by Jon LeSage May 31, 2017 Tesla Sees Two More Bills For Direct Sales Die In Texas by Jon LeSage May 31, 2017 Email Print Tesla saw two bills die in the Texas state legislature Monday, another defeat in its years-long campaign to sell cars directly to consumers. The electric automaker had taken a broader approach this time with Read more…

Auto dealerships are America’s most powerful middlemen

In the direct-to-consumer, ecommerce era, Tesla can’t sell you a car By Lydia DePillis Updated 8:07 am, Friday, June 2, 2017 Three times, Tesla has attempted to persuade the Texas legislature to allow it to sell its electric cars directly to consumers, bypassing the dealerships that current law protects. Three times, following the death of the latest bill last week, Read more…

Even in Texas, sometimes the billionaires lose

After billionaire Warren Buffett met with Gov. Greg Abbott and other top leaders, a bill to grant him a loophole from protectionist Texas auto laws seemed to be fast-tracked, until Tea Party activists found out about it. BY JAY ROOT MAY 17, 2017 Sometimes even billionaires don’t get what they want. That’s the lesson emerging from an Read more…

Letters to the editor: May 8, 2017

Updated: 10:17 a.m. Tuesday, May 09, 2017 |  Posted: 11:00 p.m. Saturday, May 06, 2017 Re: April 20 article, “As Tesla bills stall, Lege weighs loophole for Buffett.” It seems preposterous in this day and age that as electric cars are making a comeback, a state like Texas has a prohibition on sales of electric cars by their Read more…

Texas Republicans Sell Out the Free Market

By Raz Shafer  |  April 27, 2017, 10:35am  |  @razshafer Warren Buffett is getting a special carve-out that smells rotten… But grassroots organizations across the state are pushing back! Last Monday, Warren Buffett met with Texas Governor Abbott and Lt. Governor Patrick. Hours later, the “Buffett Bill” was born. This would be remarkable at most points of the Read more…

How Warren Buffett Could Help Overturn an Eighty Year old Texas Law Covering New Car Sales

posted by 1200 WOAI None other than billionaire Warren Buffett could prompt the Texas Legislature to end its eighty plus year old policy of restricting the sales of new vehicles to third party dealerships, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports. Tesla has been fighting for several sessions to get the law repealed.  Tesla does not have Read more…