Indiana Bill Doesn’t Name Tesla, Looks To Stop Automaker From Selling Cars

The war between Indiana and Tesla rages on, as a state representative has introduced a new bill to stop the automaker from selling its cars directly to consumers.

A new bill – House Bill 1592 – filed by Indiana’s State Representitive Ed Soliday, R-Valaparaiso, doesn’t have the world Tesla in it, but it bans manufacturers of “all electric vehicles” from selling its vehicles directly to consumers, reports IndyStar. There’s only one automaker that currently sells its vehicles directly to consumers and that’s Tesla.

As the outlet reports, the bill applies to automakers that have never used a franchised dealership and have sold vehicles in the state since the summer of 2015. If a company matches the criteria, it would have to stop selling its vehicles directly to consumers after reaching one of two milestones – after surpassing 1,000 vehicles per year in sales or six years after its dealer’s license has been granted.

Unsurprisingly, Tesla would not be in compliance with the bill and, since it received its dealer license at the end of 2013, would have to stop selling its electric cars in the state in 2019.

This isn’t the first time Indiana has try to shut Tesla’s operations down as IndyStar reported on a General Motors-backed bill that “provides that a dealer license issued to a manufacturer expires after 30 months,” which would have caused Tesla’s license to expire in 2018, last February.

SEE ALSO: Tesla Fights GM Over ‘Kill Tesla’ Bill in the Hoosier State

As GM pointed out in the previous report, it, and other makers in the state, feel as if Tesla has an unfair advantage as existing Indiana law prohibits automakers from selling vehicles directly to consumers if they have existing franchise dealers.

The House Bill will get its first hearing this week in the House Roads and Transportation Committee, which, get this, is chaired by Soliday, reports IndyStar. Tesla, which beat last year’s legislation after fans inundated the state’s lawmakers, has started a website (www.freemarketindiana.com) in the hopes of getting its fans to rally for the automaker once again.

IndyStar, Indiana General Assembly


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