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.