Washington State Bill Seeks to Bypass Dealerships During EV Purchases

February 23, 2021 14:02:47

Unlike most automakers who sell their vehicles through franchised dealerships, EV maker Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) doesn’t adhere to the dealership model, instead opting to sell its electric vehicles (“EVs”) directly to customers. With plenty of people classifying visiting a car dealership as one of the last things they’d want to do, the move was met with praise from industry analysts and customers alike. If a proposed Washington State bill is successful, every manufacturer who only produces zero-emission vehicles will be able to sell directly to customers in the state.

Under Bill HB 1388, automakers that exclusively produce zero-emission vehicles will be allowed to set up retail outlets and sell their vehicles directly to customers online. Although Tesla is the only carmaker that can do this currently, Washington State Consumer Protection and Business Committee Chair Steve Kirby says this is only because the Department of Licensing “accidentally” granted…


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