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Will 100,000 Sign Petition For Tesla Motors Sales By Friday?

On June 5, a Tesla Motors fan mounted what seemed like another quixotic effort to support Tesla in selling its electric cars directly to buyers.

The petition at WhiteHouse.gov that he or she launched required 100,000 people to sign it within a month, by Friday, July 5.

Suddenly, it seems that petition may actually get the needed support–helped along by a Friday evening e-mail from the company itself.

The wording is simple:

We petition the Obama Administration to allow Tesla Motors to sell directly to consumers in all 50 states.

States should not be allowed to prevent Tesla Motors from selling cars directly to customers. The state legislators are trying to unfairly protect automobile dealers in their states from competition. Tesla is providing competition, which is good for consumers.

Early on Friday, June 29, the petition had garnered roughly 23,000 signatures in a bit more than three weeks.

Signatures soar

Friday evening, when Tesla sent out an e-mail urging its supporters to sign, the total had risen to 36,000 signatures.

The next morning, the number was up to 40,000.

And today, Sunday, at 10:20 am, it had soared past 69,000.

If signatures continue to accumulate at anything close to that rate, the goal of 100,000 should be achievable by this coming Friday.

This is not the first time such a petition has been attempted on WhiteHouse.gov; a similar effort in April failed to gain the needed signatures, and is no longer live on the site.

Tesla writes

But Tesla’s e-mail obviously gave the new petition a big boost. The company wrote on Friday evening:

Tesla Store – Portland OR

Tesla Store – Portland OR

As you may know, Tesla is under attack from a number of car dealer associations in various states who are challenging Tesla’s right to directly serve our customers at Tesla Stores and Service Centers.

Their efforts are protectionist in nature and infringe on the right of the consumer to choose how they purchase and service their vehicle.
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