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Tesla vs. Car Dealers: Elon Musk’s Company Wins in North Carolina as White House Petition Reaches Deadline

A Tesla Motors Inc Model X is seen at Tesla’s introduction of its new battery swapping program in Hawthorne, California. (Photo : Reuters)

Tesla Motors earned a huge victory this week as the automotive company is now allowed to sell cars in North Carolina without the help of a dealership.

The North Carolina Automotive Dealers set out to stop the green car company earlier this year by endorsing a bill that would have made it impossible for Tesla to sell cars in the state according to a report by

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The legislation, which was supported by the Senate’s Commerce Committee, sought out to stop direct-to-consumer sales which eliminates the need for a dealership.

“We believe that Tesla, like all the other auto dealers in the state, should get a license, appoint a dealer, fall under the protection of the Department of Motor Vehicles, and sell cars,” Robert Glaser, president of the North Carolina Automobile Dealers’ Association said according to ABC News. ‘We just want them to play by the same set of rules that the other 7,000 dealers in the state do.”

It was up to company CEO Elon Musk to make sure the legislation didn’t go through, so he and fellow employees took both North Carolina Governor Pat McCroy and House Speaker Thom Tillis on test drivers to show what the Model S can do according to


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