The governor of Pennsylvania --Tom Corbett – has inked a bill allowing Tesla Motors Inc. to run up to five stores in the state. It represents another victory for Tesla’s direct sales model that has been opposed by dealer groups all over the United States as it leaves out dealership middleman in the sales process.
A previous version of the Pennsylvania bill provided no cap on the number of stores that Tesla could set up in the state. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, an association representing 12 carmakers excluding Tesla, lobbied strongly against that version of the bill, claiming that it would give the EV maker an unfair advantage over traditional carmakers.
However, unlike other dealer associations, the Pennsylvania Automotive Association supported the pro-Tesla legislation once the five-store cap was introduced in the bill. Pennsylvania’s state House passed the legislation 197-2 earlier this month.
The association said the bill cleared up ambiguity on whether Tesla’s direct sales model is legal in Pennsylvania, since while a pre-existing statute bans direct factory sales, Tesla still managed to operate a store in King of Prussia.
Tesla said in a statement that the process in Pennsylvania serves as an example of how productive cooperation can lead to a win-win situation for all parties involved.
Deemed as an evolution in automotive engineering, the new Tesla Model S all-electric sedan is definitely the car of the modern times. It is a fusion of performance, efficiency and safety, as evidenced by the high safety ratings it has earned. Moreover, it offers the longest range among electric vehicles and keeps improving through over-the-air software updates.
Thanks to Tesla’s architecture, the Model S has its battery located on the floor while its unique electric drivetrain is placed beneath the electric sedan. These configurations give the Model S a low center of gravity, which doesn’t just minimize the risk of rollover, but also improves the sedan’s handling and performance. As it has no engine, the Tesla Model S features a crumple zone larger than that of other performance sedans, which means its ability to absorb a front end impact is also greater.
Serving as confirmations to the high safety level of the Model S are the safety ratings – the highest possible – awarded by the NHTSA and the Euro NCAP. Moreover, tests in the United States have allowed the Model S to set a record of having the lowest chances of occupant injury.
These ratings are supported by standard active safety features like automatic emergency braking and collision warning, as well as lane departure warning and blind spot detection. They are further supported by optional convenience features such as autosteer, autopark and summon as well as traffic-aware cruise control.