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USA: Tesla protests attempt to stop company from selling its own electric cars

One electric car company is worried Washington might shut down its business. Tesla has been selling high-performance all-electric cars in 22 states – with sales in Washington second only to California. (AP Photo/File)
Tesla protests attempt to stop company from selling its own electric cars
BY Dave Ross on February 17, 2014 @ 8:44 am (Updated: 2:42 pm – 2/17/14 )

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Washington likes to think of itself as a green economy: we’re into solar, we love electric cars.

But one electric car company is worried Washington might shut down its business. Tesla has been selling high-performance all-electric cars in 22 states – with sales in Washington second only to California.

But the company doesn’t sell through local dealerships. It sells directly from company-owned showrooms, which appears to run afoul of a Washington law that prohibits manufacturers from competing with local dealers.

Diarmuid O’Connell is Tesla’s vice president of development, and he said the reason Tesla doesn’t sell through local dealers is that it takes a long time to educate customers about the advantages of the car – and no local dealer is going to put in that kind of time.
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