House Backs Tesla Bill

May 21, 2015

A bill (HB 6682) authored by State Rep. Tony Guerrera (D-Rocky Hill, Wethersfield, Newington) will allow Tesla Motors to open three stores in Connecticut. Unlike traditional car dealerships, Tesla sells directly to the consumer.

Guerrera noted that Tesla is a ground-breaking company with state-of-the-art technology for electric-only cars that are made in the United States.

“Connecticut is choosing innovation,” Rep. Guerrera said. “If you look out there on our roads you will see more and more of these vehicles,”

Under current law, consumers don’t have that option. Connecticut is one of 45 states that only allow licensed dealers – and not auto manufacturers – to sell vehicles directly to consumers. The legislation, approved 116-32 by the House, creates a narrow exemption in Connecticut’s existing franchise law that will allow Tesla to open three stores in the state.

Tesla currently sells its vehicles in neighboring states, including Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.

The bill heads to the Senate for consideration.

Read about the Tesla legislation in:

The Courant | The CT Post | The Associated Press