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Why Tesla Motors Is at War With Car Dealers

Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA ) has been lobbying legislators and fighting auto dealers in several states, trying to secure the right to sell its electric cars via factory-owned stores, Apple-style.

That battle has been costing the upstart Silicon Valley automaker a substantial amount of money. It’s also costing a substantial amount of time – CEO Elon Musk was in Texas last week, lobbying the legislature for an exemption from the state’s tough dealer-protection laws.

Now Musk is saying that a Federal-level effort may be needed for the company to secure the right to sell cars via its own stores.

But why won’t Tesla just …
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