North Carolina bill vs Tesla Web sales placed on hold

Article by Anita Panait, on July 1, 2013

Tesla Motors heaved a sigh after a legislation aimed at blocking the carmaker from selling its electric cars in North Carolina through the Internet has been put on hold. Since there were no imminent actions on dealer-backed legislation that included Tesla-related provisions and other changes to dealer franchise law, legislators on June 25, 2013, moved split the bill into two pieces.

Several elements of the original bill were attached to an unrelated bill that is moving forward. A House committee passed out the amended bill on June 25, 2013, and was scheduled for a vote on June 27, 2013.

Those elements of the original bill, however, have nothing to do with Tesla. The amended bill placed for a vote addresses subjects like warranty reimbursement, loaner vehicles and training. Robert Glaser, president of the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association, said that they already had negotiated those changes with carmakers.

On the other hand, the original bill that contains the provisions affecting Tesla is still in the House Transportation Committee. With North Carolina's legislative session expected to end in early July, dealers are concerned that the bill would be squeezed out at the last minute and would fail to come to a vote, Glaser remarked.

But Tesla's opponents remained optimistic, with Glaser saying that the "Tesla bill is still alive and well." He said that they just have to work with the leadership of the House to get the bill heard. According to Glaser, the committee could still consider the original bill this session, but such move is unlikely. The bill would then be carried over into the 2014 session, which starts in May.

Regarded as an evolution in automotive engineering, the new Tesla Model S electric sedan is a fusion of performance, safety, and efficiency as well as extraordinary EV range. In fact, its superb safety level is evidenced by the fact that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Euro NCAP have awarded the fully electric sedan with the highest possible safety ratings. Moreover, the Model S doesn’t stop to improve, thanks to regular over-the-air software updates.

Thanks to Tesla’s unique architecture, the new Model S was able to have very low center of gravity. This advantageous attribute contributes to the safety level of the Model, as it doesn’t only improve its handling and performance, but also lowers the risk of rollover. Tesla’s platform allowed the new Model S to have its battery located on floor and its unique electric drivetrain put beneath the car. Moreover, the absence of a conventional engine means the Model S has a crumple zone larger than other performance sedans, allowing it to better absorb the energy from front end collision.

With these traits, the Tesla Model S has become one of the safest cars on the road, as proven by its high ratings from the NHTSA and Euro NCAP. In addition, following tests in the United States, the Model S set a new record as having the lowest likelihood of injury to occupants.

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