Ohio legislature drops anti-Tesla amendment for voting

Article by Anita Panait, on December 6, 2013

A licensing amendment that Tesla Motors Inc. claims would prevent it from selling vehicles in Ohio wasn't put for voting at the state's House Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee Tuesday. The amendment is supported by the Ohio Automobile Dealers Association and bars a "manufacturer or a subsidiary, parent, or affiliated entity of a manufacturer" from getting a license as a motor vehicle dealer in the state.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, the amendment would have been attached to Senate Bill 137, which compels drivers to move over when approaching a road-maintenance vehicle.

Committee Chairman Rex Damschroder, R-Fremont, Ohio, remarked that the Senate Bill 137 wasn’t the right place for the licensing amendment. He added that Ohio legislature may take up the issue next month and have “thorough, vetted hearings with all of the parties involved to see if there’s a solution.”

Damschroder said that they haven't had enough dialogue with the dealers, the auto industry and with Tesla. He said that it was his decision as committee chairman not to "throw it in as an amendment at the last minute." Despite the event, Ohio dealers are still bent on defending the state's licensing and franchise system.

"We will be interested in trying to present legislation that will protect the integrity of Ohio's licensing law," Tim Doran, president of the state's dealers association, told Automotive News in an interview.  He remarked that the Ohio legislature could be interested in "seeing a bill that is fully discussed and debated." Tesla is eyeing to open stores this December in Columbus and Cincinnati.

Seen as an evolution in automotive engineering, the new Tesla Model S is a modern fusion of performance, efficiency and safety. In fact, the new Model S has already earned the highest possible safety ratings. Moreover, it boasts being able to travel farther than any electric vehicle, with over-the-air software updates keeping it better through time.

Sitting on the Tesla platform, the new Model S has its battery located on the floor, resulting to a low center of gravity, which in turn means that there’s minimal risk of rollover and improved levels of handling and performance. Since the Model S has no engine, its crumple zone is larger than other performance sedans, which means it could better absorb the energy of a front impact.

The electric car’s low center of gravity and minimal rollover risk is also thanks to the fact that its unique electric drivetrain sits beneath. Attesting to the safety level of the new Model S are its top safety rating from the NHTSA and Euro NCAP, as well as its record of having the lowest chance of injury to occupants following tests in the United States.

These elements are complemented by a number of active safety features -- automatic emergency braking, collision warning, lane departure warning and blind spot detection – equipped as standard. All of these – along with optional convenience features like autosteer, autopark, summon and traffic-aware cruise control – help make the Model S become one of safest car on the road.

The Tesla Model S is powered by two electric motors -- one on the front and the other on the rear. With these motors, the Model S could digitally and independently manage torque to the front and rear wheels, resulting to superior traction control in all conditions. Interestingly, while all-wheel drive vehicles typically consume more fuel for better traction, Tesla's Electric All Wheel Drive system actually makes the car more efficient.

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