CTNJ: Pitched battle over franchise laws for electric car companies

HARTFORD, Conn. — Score one for the Connecticut car dealers in the latest attempt to keep Tesla, an American electric car maker, from selling its vehicles directly to consumers.

Earlier this week the Department of Motor Vehicles said what Tesla is doing at its non-sale, Greenwich Gallery is “not substantially different than business activities conducted by licensed new car dealers.”

The decision goes onto say that “but for the fact that a prospective Tesla purchaser must employ his or her personal computer to place an order for a vehicle with Tesla, the purchase process is identical to the business practice of a licensed dealer in the state of Connecticut.”

Tesla moved for reconsideration of the decision and was given a stay, which will allow them to keep operating in their Greenwich location until they can file an appeal.

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