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NY dealers have Tesla ban in sights

Memo to billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk: The Empire State could be next.

New York’s auto dealers are pressing state lawmakers to ban the direct sale of cars, a move made earlier this week by Gov. Chris Christie’s administration in New Jersey.

Car dealers in New York said they hope to ban Tesla’s direct-sales method as soon as this summer, sources told The Post.

If it happens, New York will become the sixth state to ban or limit direct sales from Musk’s popular electric-car company, Tesla Motors.

“My hope is that we are going to be the next state,” Mark Scheinberg, president of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association (GNYADA), told The Post on Thursday. “I feel confident.”

The move by Christie provoked Musk’s ire this week because it requires carmakers to have franchise agreements and sell their autos through independent dealers.

Musk blasted New Jersey’s ban, saying that the state’s auto dealers were “subverting democratic process to try to block Tesla sales.”
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