General Motors lobbies against Tesla in Ohio legislation

Article by Christian A., on March 25, 2014

General Motors has sent a letter to Ohio Gov. John Kasich expressing opposition to legislation that may permit Tesla Motors Inc. sell its electric vehicles beyond its two Ohio stores since it would essentially allow the EV maker “to compete under a completely different set of rules.”Ohio is one of the states proposing to bar Tesla from setting factory dealerships in their territories.

Dealers claim that Tesla’s direct-sales model weakens conventional dealerships. “We understand discussions are ongoing over legislation which could provide a broad exemption for a single manufacturer, Tesla Motors Inc., to circumvent long-established legal precedent on how new motor vehicles are marketed, sold and serviced in your state,” wrote Selim Bingol, GM’s senior vice president of global communications and public policy.

This month, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, with members appointed by Gov. Chris Christie, voted to bar any form of direct auto sales in the state. State dealers and their respective associations have also voiced opposition against Tesla.

Joe Cannon, a lobbyist for the Ohio Automobile Dealers Association, said in a testimony before Ohio lawmakers that a decision favoring Tesla would open the door for all carmakers to follow a similar path, the Associated Press reported. “This decision has serious implications for both our dealers and consumers,” Cannon told the Senate Finance Committee. “From an industry perspective, our members have made substantial investments in their businesses, employees and communities across the state." [source: automotive news - sub. required]

Topics: gm, tesla

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

As seasons change, temperatures rise and fall. The changes affect our preferences when it comes to driving cars. Therefore, Aston Martin introduces the new DB11 Volante or convertible, and it...
by - October 16, 2017
Aston Martin may be known for building many of the stylish Bond cars we see on the big screen but nobody really knew how it can get super aggressive when...
by - October 16, 2017
Today, manual transmissions have become rare in mainstream cars and are more commonly found in performance cars within the $20,000 to $40,000 range. However, the selection of affordable, three-pedal performance...
by - October 16, 2017
We expected to see the BMW i8 Roadster at last month’s 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, but it never made an appearance. So the question on fans’ lips now is when...
by - October 16, 2017
Jaguar has just released the first official image of its newest offering, the new Jaguar XEL. Essentially the long-wheelbase version of the Jaguar XE compact sedan, the new Jaguar XEL...
by - October 14, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries