Tesla Wants To Cut Out The Middleman… Do You?
Tesla Motors has boldly gone where no other company has successfully gone before. It has made completely electric cars that are sexy and alluring enough for people to want to be seen driving them! If I had the money, I’d very quickly invest in this company as I believe they are on their way to becoming the next Apple.
That being said, Tesla has a big problem to solve: CEO Elon Musk does not want his company’s cars sold at dealerships. Why not, you ask? Musk wrote his answer to that question last year in his blog.
“It is impossible for them to explain the advantages of going electric without simultaneously undermining their traditional business,” he writes. “This would leave the electric car without a fair opportunity to make its case to an unfamiliar public.”
Is he right? Quite possibly. But should it matter? If they want to sell cars directly, they can, right? Wrong. Many states – such as New York, North Carolina, and others – are being pressed by lobbyists to make it illegal for cars to be sold directly to consumers, citing the employment numbers that could be placed in jeopardy.
Tesla has filed a petition with the White House for the legal authority to sell its cars directly throughout the US. While the petition has reached its 100,000 signature requirement – which means that the White House must officially respond to the petition – you can still look over and/or sign the petition here.
These guys are well on their way to revolutionizing the auto industry. Hopefully, we can get out of their way and let them be great.