The decision to effectively bar Tesla from operating outside of franchised dealers in Michigan follows a statement by General Motors to the state’s governor urging him to do so.
“We believe that House Bill 5606 will help ensure that all automotive manufacturers follow the same rules to operate in the State of Michigan; therefore, we encourage Governor Snyder to sign it,” said GM.
GM spoke of leveling the playing field, and ultimately its appeal was heard, if not also repeated by other interests observng the state of affairs.
In response to GM’s lobbying, the Detroit News reports Tesla did not take kindly to GM’s position.
“What’s good for GM’s customers is not necessarily good for Tesla’s customers,” said Tesla in a statement with a phrase vaguely reminiscent from 1952 that’s since been re-worded somewhat into the classic statement attributed to GM’s then-CEO, as what’s good for General Motors is good for the country.
And, Tesla continued speaking of current issues, “What’s good for gasoline cars is not necessarily good for electric cars. Tesla is selling a new product with a new technology.”
Under the updated Michigan law, Tesla must consent to use franchised dealers.
It has not yet issued a new statement on the latest decision in Michigan, and observers await Tesla’s next move.
Gov. Snyder did state that he is yet willing to have open public discussion on the matter.
Tesla had urged in its blog post Oct. 16 that public discussion should take place before the bill was signed into law. This recommendation was obviously not heeded, the state House and Senate vote was overwhelmingly in favor of the law and the governor signed it.