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Tesla Motors isn’t allowing a lack of retail locations or laws that ban factory-direct sales to impede the installation of its Supercharger stations.
More than 100 Superchargers – the name for Tesla’s rapid charging stations – are located in states that don’t sell any Tesla vehicles. A recent tally by Autoblog counted 87 Superchargers installed in states without a retail store or gallery. Another 21 stations were located in the five states with laws prohibiting factory-direct vehicle sales: Texas, Arizona, Michigan, West Virginia and Iowa.
To clarify, the carmaker said it’s not always simple to definitely list which states Tesla can or can’t sell in.
“It’s not a black-and-white issue so it’s not as simple as grouping states together as ‘can sell’ or ‘cannot sell,'” said Tesla representative Alexis Georgeson. “Michigan has restrictions but we haven’t actively tried to open a store or service center there yet.”
Of the 27 states without a Tesla store (according to the company’s most recent list), 21 have at least one Supercharger installed. Only Hawaii has the opposite issue: a retail location, but no Supercharger. And six states have neither (Alaska, Arkansas, Maine, Mississippi, Nebraska and North Dakota).
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Last January, Tesla estimated that 80 percent of the U.S. lives within 100 miles of a Supercharger. By the end of the year, the company expects this number will reach 98 percent.
Tesla also launched a mobile store earlier this month, which will tour the U.S. to showcase the company and the Model S. With this pop-up retail location, the carmaker will be able to reach consumers in regions that have no retail stores, and even in states that ban Tesla sales.