Tesla Motors can start marking another state where it can sell electric cars directly to the public, thanks to a bill newly passed by the New Jersey Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee. The unanimously passed bill will undo an earlier ban on Tesla selling its cars to consumers without going through dealerships enforced by Governor Chris Christie.
It’s not quite over yet, but if the bill passed unanimously in the committee, which is a definite good sign for the future of Tesla, the electric vehicle brainchild of Elon Musk, in New Jersey. The bill not only allows Tesla to start selling cars in its two dealerships in the state, but also allows them to open two more. In fact, any company making zero-emission vehicles will now be allowed to open four sites in New Jersey to show and sell them.
This news comes on the heels of the decision by Virginia to allow Tesla to build a dealership in Tysons Corner. The New Jersey situation had looked a lot more hopeless though as it was one of only three states to outright ban direct sales, the others being Arizona and Texas. That decision prompted a memorable blog postby Musk where he promised to seek ways to bring Tesla back to showrooms.