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Tesla Motors Banned from Selling Cars in West Virginia


tesla-model-s-west-virginiaTesla Motors has been banned from selling cars in West Virginia, and made Elon Musk to tweet a big “Oh, no!”.

If you were thinking that the West Virginia is a fully democratic state, and the American dream of being free is the ultimate stuff you could think of, you’re mostly wrong. It looks like some of the states in the US are still governed by interests and lobbies that interfere with politics and power of abuse.

This led to Tesla not being able to sell its revolutionary electric vehicles to a handful of states, like Texas, Arizona and Maryland, to “protect” its century-old style of selling through dealerships and to forbid direct sales.

So it should be no wonder that West Virginia, where some of the top politicians own car dealerships, is banning the direct sales model (in this case, Tesla) of cars.

At a Tesla shareholders meeting in 2013, Elon Musk almost bursted into tears thinking of the injustice his company is suffering because of corrupt lawmakers and oligarchic politics. This man departed from zero capital and now has the most quickly-ascending car company and space-travel dream ever. So I choose to believe in Elon’s honesty and in what he says.

Now, West Virginia may not be the richest state in the country, but by creating a precedent, other narrow-minded policymakers will probably be inspired by this event, which is not something voters, as consumers, wish, imho.

Let’s hope the Tesla home battery will get its much-deserved success for dreaming of putting people off the grid.

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  1. Most states don’t let big automakers sell cars themselves. They have to sell them through independent dealerships. That prevents a car sales monopoly.

    • Dealerships may supposedly compete with each other, but the price you get is largely dictated by the manufacturers. Furthermore, manufacturers have tried the direct sales approach already in certain circumstances and largely removed themselves from the process because they found it was more work than it’s worth, so suddenly opening up that ability isn’t likely to result in much OEM takeover of franchises. The reason dealerships really exist in the U.S. has much more to do with servicing than sales, anyway, but rules like this preserve the status quo at the expense of actual innovation.

  2. They have those laws to let the little guys sell cars instead of being crowded out by bigger manufacturer dealerships. The had a Democratic internet when the wrote that law.

    • ROFL. Nissan, Toyota, Ford etc all the BIG guys can sell there cars there, your statement makes no sense at all. The law isn’t protecting the ‘little guys’, it’s protecting big OIL.


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