BY ABBIE SARFO
Beginning April 1, Tesla Motors will no longer be allowed to sell vehicles in New Jersey.
The well-publicized ban is not without controversy, and has been hotly contested by the company. Central to the debate is concern for the consumer: Is prohibiting the sale of Tesla products really in the consumer’s best interest?
Tesla CEO and chairman Elon Musk thinks not. In an open letter found on teslamotors.com, Musk details three things New Jersey consumers should know:
1) The Ban Comes Down to Back-Room Politics.
The issue with Tesla is its direct-sales model: Tesla sells its vehicles straight from the manufacturer, thereby negating the need for franchised auto dealerships. Yet according to New Jersey law, vehicles are required to be sold through these third-party dealers.