Tesla Motors Inc. has applied for licenses to sell and service its luxury electric vehicles in Michigan, even though Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation in late 2014 that bans the company’s business model of directly selling cars to customers.
The Palo Alto, California-based automaker submitted applications in November to the Michigan Secretary of State Office, and submitted follow-up information in recent weeks.
Secretary of State spokesman Fred Woodham said the department is reviewing the applications and a decision is expected “in the next month or two.” He declined to comment on what additional information was requested by the office, saying it “isn’t uncommon during the application review process.”
Tesla applied for a “Class A” dealership license to sell new and used cars. Under the classification, it also must have a “repair facility as part of their business or have an established relationship with a licensed repair facility,” Woodham said in a Sunday email to The Detroit News.
If the Secretary of State approves the applications, Tesla could begin selling and buying vehicles as long as any local business permits that may be required have been taken care of.
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Michigan Information & Research Service Inc., which first reported the Tesla applications, said that based on the Secretary of State applications in general, Tesla could contract with anyone to sell its cars, except itself.
The Lansing-based capital news service argues the company could even send a former employee to open a Tesla dealership with a franchise agreement “in which it mandates the dealership look, act and do business exactly as the Tesla-run stores.”
This is very big news. Apparently, Tesla has had enough of the bullshit from the Michigan legislature and auto dealers.
In addition, a petition drive has been filed with the State that, if it reaches the required number of signatures, could result in Tesla (and all other auto manufacturers) being set free to sell vehicles directly to customers.
By the way, there are now around 400 Tesla vehicles in the State of Michigan.