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Tesla Loses Dealer Battle in Texas

Jeff Perez
June 4, 2013

In every corner of nearly every news outlet lately, Tesla has at one point or another been the subject of discussion. From an early payoff of government loans, to some friendly competition with the Nissan Leaf. It’s mostly uphill for the upstart. But with sunny skies, comes the possibility of a storm- and as far as Virginia and Texas are concerned, there’s a storm a brewin.

As with any relatively new automaker, the hurdles that come with actually getting your car out into the mainstream market is something no one- especially not Elon Musk- wants to deal with. So, while Tesla wants to be able to sell directly to consumers via company-owned showrooms, the state of Texas is prohibiting them from doing so.

Tesla Model S 2
Tesla Model S 2

You may remember that this isn’t the first time Tesla has been denied for a state dealers license- originally shut down by the state of Virginia. Now, it looks like the automaker is going to have to wait another two years or so (2015), to where they can finally fight the restrictions in place.

In short, Tesla showrooms won’t be popping up in Texas anytime soon.

Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.