Washington state bill to let Tesla operate direct sales model

Article by Christian A., on March 25, 2014

Following heart-breaking setbacks in Texas and New Jersey, Tesla Motors Inc. won ground in the Washington state. On President's Day in February, around 40 electric-car advocates gathered at the state capitol, rallying against a bill that would prevent Tesla from launching new sales offices in the Washington state.

When the Legislature completed its work on the bill earlier this month, a coalition of environmentally friendly Democrats and free-market Republicans had already peeled off restrictions from it. Once approved by the government, Tesla could sell its electric vehicles using its own stores instead of having dealers intermediate.

But instead of sulking, auto dealers welcomed the bill, since it provided exception for Tesla while boosting rules requiring other carmakers to sell through their showrooms. The outcome in the Washington state underscores that the current dispute between the Tesla and dealerships. They are still battling it out in states like Arizona, New York and Ohio.

If a ban is in effect at a certain state, Tesla can just display its cars in "galleries" and sell them online. Dealers would be willing to co-exist with Tesla in states where it sells directly, as long as bigger carmakers don't adopt its sales model.

"Our issue is not with Tesla itself, it's with the model," said Tammy Darvish, a vice president at Darcars Automotive Group in Silver Spring, Md., told Reuters. "How can we as auto dealers compete with manufacturers in the same market when we are completely dependent upon them for our inventories?"

The Electric All Wheel Drive system of the Tesla Model S is composed of two motors with the one being placed on the rear and the other positioned in the front. Further, the torque transmits to the front wheels and the rear ones are controlled not only independently but even digitally. As a result of this, regardless of the condition, traction control is unmatched.

Another benefit is that this system increases traction while also increasing efficiency. This is different as in standard all-wheel drive models, the traction is generally increased with fuel efficiency being sacrificed. With acceleration from standstill to 60 mph possible in 2.8 seconds, this may well be the quickest of four-door sedan models ever made.

Efficiency is one of the best as the Model S enables one to travel anywhere without using even one drop of gasoline. In terms of figures, Tesla revealed that the Model S has been rated by the EPA to have the equivalent of 90 mpg. With the battery pack positioned in the middle of the axles and along the vehicle’s floor pan, this model has a center of gravity that is extremely low.

Not surprising to learn that it is able to deliver superior handling. No such production car has a placement of mass so ideal that it optimizes the handling. Since there is no internal combustion engine to speak of, the Model S gets the benefit of offering extra space for cargo. In addition, it also allows this model to deliver a cabin with enough space to fit five adults, and adding in the rear-facing jump seats, two children.

Still on the inside, there is a touchscreen that has a 17-inch display. Positioned in the center, it integrates in one intuitive interface a set of various features that include vehicle data, cabin control, communications, media, and navigation. A number of these functions are echoed on instrument panel and being voice-activated means that the driver focus on the road.

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