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Tesla will be allowed direct sales to customers in New Jersey

Gov. Christie got involved, and Tesla will be allowed to sell its cars directly to customers

By Michael Hatamoto from Mar 20, 2015 @ 0:30 CDT

Governor Chris Christie will allow Tesla to sell its vehicles directly to auto buyers in New Jersey, in a move that will likely anger dealerships. The A-3216/S-2098 bill gives Tesla the ability to open up to four direct-sale stores in the Garden State, and can install one service center.

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"I said last year that if the Legislature changed the law, I would sign the new legislation put on my desk and that is exactly what I'm doing today," Governor Christie noted in a recent press release. "We're pleased that manufacturers like Tesla will now have the opportunity to establish direct sales operations for consumers in a manner lawfully in New Jersey."

Tesla has had issues in states that force automakers to sell vehicles using third-party dealerships, with New Jersey, Texas, and several other states putting up a fight. However, Tesla CEO Elon Musk hopes that Gov. Christie's decision will persuade other states to create new sales opportunities for his company's cars.

NEWS SOURCES:Cnet.com, Media.oregonlive.com


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