Last week, New Jersey informed Tesla it would require the California automaker to only sell cars through licensed in-state dealers, forcing it to stop selling cars through its own stores by April 1. Arizona and Texas have similar rules in place, effectively banning Model S sales in those states.
These state rules may come as a surprise to most people, but they have been on the books for a while. CEO Elon Musk, in a blog post on Tesla's site, actually defends the intent of these laws. Musk points out how, after an independent dealer built up a business, … Read more