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Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia 157

cartechboy (2660665) writes [Elon] Musk and Tesla's biggest hurdle in the U.S. has been bypassing conventional dealerships and selling directly to customers. This concept is something that's illegal in many states thanks to a nationwide patchwork of decades-old franchise laws. Tesla's latest battle is taking place in Georgia where dealers allege that the start-up company is in violation of the state's franchise laws. Not surprisingly, Tesla's fighting back. To sell cars in Georgia, Tesla had to agree to sell fewer than 150 vehicles directly to consumers in the state. Last week the Georgia Automobile Dealers Association complained that Tesla sold 173 vehicles. Tesla hasn't publicly commented on how many vehicles it has sold in Georgia. We've seen time and time again how this story ends, and the writing is clearly on the wall for this case. Another bit of writing on the wall, though, as reported by the L.A. Times, is that recent electric car sales in the U.S. have been stagnant.
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Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia

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  • by guruevi ( 827432 ) <evi AT evcircuits DOT com> on Thursday September 04, 2014 @10:16AM (#47825009) Homepage

    The reason they're stagnant is because there is only one brand worth buying them from is Tesla.

    Toyota/Honda has a decent lineup in the upper range with their plugin hybrids but if I'm going to plunk down 50k, it might as well be a Tesla or I can get a gas powered car with identical economy for half that price from better brands.

    Perhaps one of the Germans will start entering the market with a better option but the Chevy Volt is crap, Ford and Fiat publicly state they rather don't do it, Fisker was legislated out of business, the rest of them are simply putting in a model because they have to and it shows; it's the same frame as a gas powered car with some batteries slapped into it.

  • by i kan reed ( 749298 ) on Thursday September 04, 2014 @10:17AM (#47825027) Homepage Journal


    Some of them were outright morally repugnant, like slavery.

  • by Jodka ( 520060 ) on Thursday September 04, 2014 @10:35AM (#47825177)

    from the summary:

    " reported by the L.A. Times, is that recent electric car sales in the U.S. have been stagnant"

    from the LA Times:

    "Sales of electric drive vehicles are stuck at about 3.6% of all new car sales for 2014"

    "And that's during an otherwise robust sales season. Total figures for August were higher than any time in the last decade."

    So the absolute number of electric car sales is increasing but their market share is not. The reporter, one "Charles Fleming," seems not to comprehend that a fixed percentage of an increasing value is itself an increasing value. "Stagnant," is the wrong term to describe an increase in sales. Math is hard.

  • Re:Small government (Score:4, Informative)

    by Gim Tom ( 716904 ) on Thursday September 04, 2014 @10:43AM (#47825249)

    Isn't Georgia one of those "small government" red-states? How's that working out?

    Oh, yea... And we are also one of the most corrupt states too! The Attorney General was fined this week for withholding evidence in an ethics case that might have implicated the Governor.

  • Re:Small government (Score:4, Informative)

    by thaylin ( 555395 ) on Thursday September 04, 2014 @10:52AM (#47825351)
    Democrats from 1872-1950s are the current republicans, founded by southern democrats of the time who disliked the north democrats policy to not fight, but accept the decision.
  • Re:They are stagnant (Score:3, Informative)

    by Xenolith0 ( 808358 ) on Thursday September 04, 2014 @11:34AM (#47825943) Homepage

    Other than the Tesla, only Nissan has a pure electric generally available on the market

    That's not entirely true, currently available full EVs include the:

    • Tesla Model S
    • Mitsubishi i-MiEV
    • Nissan Leaf
    • BMW i3
    • Ford Focus Electric
    • Volkswagen e-Up!

    That's not an exhaustive, but those are commonly available to buy today in the US.

  • NOT stagnant (Score:5, Informative)

    by zwede ( 1478355 ) on Thursday September 04, 2014 @11:38AM (#47826035)
    Tesla had a 2 month backlog (time from order to delivery of a car) of 2 months early this year. In the spring it grew to 3 months. Early summer they upped production to address this, but backlog grew to 4 months. Tesla is building more cars than ever, yet the wait keeps increasing.

    "Stagnant" my ass.

    All this for a car that was introduced almost 2 years ago and has had virtually no updates during this time. Shows how far ahead of other manufacturers they were.

The absent ones are always at fault.