Bill To Ban Tesla Dealerships Struck Down

A group of automobile dealers represented by the Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association tried to block Tesla Motors from opening dealerships, and lost.

Read more

Elon Musk Steps Up To Defend Tesla Dealership Program

It recently came to light that Tesla Motors was coming under fire for opening several company-owned dealerships in areas like Boston and New York City. This has traditional franchise dealership associations up in arms, with lawsuits flying Tesla’s way. Elon Musk, chairman and CEO of the electric automaker, has taken to his blog to explain why Tesla Motors must sell cars differently.

Read more

Tesla Could Take Dealership Fight To D.C.

Auto dealerships have been longstanding powerhouses in state capitals across the nation, but the tides may be turning thanks to Tesla. But the progress to establish company-owned Tesla stores may not be going fast for Elon Musk, who is considering a national-level debate about how “free” the free-market for cars really is.

Read more

Tesla Lawsuit Over Massachusetts Dealerships Dismissed A Second Time

Tesla Motors is unlike many car companies not just because of what they sell, but how they sell it. Tesla does not have a traditional franchise dealership structure like many large automakers, instead selling cars directly to the consumer. Some state dealership lobbies have sued to stop Tesla from pursuing this business model. Dealers in Massachusetts have had a lawsuit to close a Tesla store dismissed for a second time.

Read more

Judge Sides With Tesla In Dealership Lawsuit, Foes Vow To Fight On

Innovation often has many detractors, and Tesla Motors has had plenty of detractors. But at least for now, Tesla has scored a key victory in the state of Massachusetts. A Bay State judge has dismissed a request by a dealership association to close a Tesla Motors “dealership” in the city of Boston.

Read more

Tesla Motors Under Fire From Dealership Lobby

The Internet has revolutionized everything, from the way we shop to the way we date. But one thing the Internet has not done is change the way we buy cars. Tesla Motors is trying to emulate the success of Apple by eschewing dealership franchises in lieu of direct sales. This has some dealership associations suing, though their lawsuit could have the opposite effect.

Read more

Tesla Wins A Skirmish In Its Court Battle With State Of Michigan

Tesla has won a small but significant victory in its legal battle with the state of Michigan. A federal magistrate has enforced a subpoena against two state legislators requiring them to turn over communications from lobbyists opposed to the Tesla direct sales model.

Read more