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Tuesday, 03 May 2022 09:47

Tesla Bill for Direct Sales in Connecticut Postponed Again 

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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Lawmakers believe a bill in Connecticut---which would have permitted EV manufacturers like Tesla and Rivian to sell directly to consumers, provided they do not already sell through a dealership---isn’t likely to pass this year.

A bill supporting direct sales for Tesla has been circulating in Connecticut for some time. Teslarati's archive shows bills supporting Tesla’s direct sales model in the state have been proposed as early as 2014. 

 

The bill’s sponsor, State Sen. Will Haskell, D-Westport, led the campaign as co-chair of the Transportation Committee. Haskell predicted the bill allowing would not pass before lawmakers adjourn for the next session May 4.
 
“At every turn, we had Republican supporters saying, ‘What do we do to get this over the finish line?’ I know we’ll get it done sometime, I just don’t think we’ll get it done this year,” Haskell told CT Insider.

 

The senator highlighted bipartisan support for the bill. Its main opponents are car dealerships and unions that represent auto maintenance workers.

 

On April 26, the opposition to the legislation held a conference. Sen. Julie Kushner, D-Danbury, the United Auto Workers (UAW) and Connecticut car dealers attended the meeting. 

 

“I don’t see the need to do a Tesla bill," Kushner said at the conference. "I don’t see the need to advance Elon Musk, who is already, you know, ruler of the world."
 
Groups opposing the bill argue it undermines Connecticut’s consumer protection laws. They have also said direct sales could affect the jobs of nearly 14,000 employees in car dealerships, alluding to Tesla’s aversion to unions.

 

UAW President Brian Schneck pointed out franchise laws have existed for decades. Schneck wondered why...


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