Tesla's state-by-state battle with dealers
Automotive News is tracking the shifting battlegrounds in Tesla Motor's efforts to establish a manufacturer-owned retail model. This map will be regularly updated as news breaks. Read More »
Tesla faces setback in La., fires off subpoenas in Mich.June 7, 2017
Tesla cleared to open store in Virginia capitalNov. 30, 2016
In a decision released Wednesday, the commissioner of Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles reversed a September ruling denying Tesla a dealership license to operate a store in Richmond. It's a victory for Tesla in its ongoing battle with states over dealership franchise laws.
Tesla must make viable case to sell directly in Michigan, governor saysSept. 28, 2016
Tesla Motors has yet to make a case for selling cars directly to Michigan consumers, according to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. In 2014, Snyder signed a bill explicitly banning the direct sale of vehicles to consumers. Despite the law, Tesla applied for a dealership license in Michigan but was denied on Sept. 15.
Tesla sues Michigan in U.S. court over direct sales banSept. 22, 2016
Tesla Motors is suing the State of Michigan in federal court over its law banning the direct sales of vehicles to consumers. The law, which the automaker calls the “Anti-Tesla amendment” in the suit, was cited in the rejection of the electric-vehicle maker's application for a state dealership license earlier this month.
Michigan Secretary of State upholds decision to ban Tesla dealer licenseSept. 15, 2016
The Michigan Secretary of State upheld a decision to deny a dealer license to Tesla Motors. The ruling released on Thursday follows a Sept. 7 hearing to review the state's initial motion to deny the automaker's request for a license, submitted in November 2015.
Michigan owns Tesla stock despite sales ban, report saysAug. 11, 2016
The State of Michigan may have a ban on direct sales of Tesla vehicles, but the Michigan Department of Treasury has 339,623 shares worth $72 million invested for state retirement funds in Tesla Motors stock, according to a published report.