Friday, 30 July 2021 20:15

Tesla’s War Against Direct Sales Continues with Big Win in Virginia

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati
Tesla showroom in Century City mall, Los Angeles. Tesla showroom in Century City mall, Los Angeles. Teslarati


...independent franchised dealerships, except when there is no dealership available in a community to offer a company’s vehicles “in a matter consistent with the public interest,” the report said.

However, with the emergence of EV manufacturers that have opted to veer away from the traditional dealership and car sales model, which is highly unfavorable and disliked by car buyers, states are turning to support the potential of direct-to-consumer sales.


Tesla currently operates three stores in Virginia: two in the state’s northern portion and one in eastern Virginia near Richmond. The Tyson’s Corner showroom, one of the northern locations, was granted a license in 2016. Holcomb also granted Tesla this license. In 2016, Tesla opened the Richmond store under the pretense the automaker had the same prices in-store as it did online.


Tesla has worked toward legal direct sales in states like New Mexico, Arizona, Louisiana, Connecticut, Wyoming and Indiana in recent memory. The direction the company is moving in with this issue brings additional confidence to other automakers like Lucid and Rivian, which are also battling the sales ban in various states.


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