Tesla doesn't sell its cars through dealership franchises, and so far it's the only manufacturer to sell its cars directly to consumers.
The bills state that cars could only be sold and registered through a third party, which would be a dealer or a private seller. A car company cannot sell its own cars directly.
Company-owned dealers could exist, but the legislation would limit that to one year before a third-party dealer would have to take over.
Tesla operates its own stores outside the independent franchise dealership system, seemingly with the aim of being the Apple Store of cars. The company uses New York suppliers to build the cars and has dozens of associates in operating stores across New York state.
Co-founder Elon Musk has taken to Twitter to bring the bills to light.
NY auto dealers are trying to ram the bill thru quickly while no one is looking. Please call now http://t.co/q4fvn9zOHk— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 21, 2013
NY Assembly passing bill to shut down Tesla, but Senate holding the line. Appreciate senators resisting influence of auto dealer lobby.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 21, 2013
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