New York Bill If Passed Would Allow Tesla Stores to Quadruple

Tesla will be moving upstate and quadrupling its stores in New York, if a state bill gets passed.

A bill introduced by Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle (D-Rochester) would mean that Tesla could quadruple its presence from the current level of five stores up to 20 within New York.

Tesla was pleased to hear about it, and will be further investing in its sales infrastructure in the state if the bill goes through, a Tesla executive said to New York Post.

The five stores currently in operation are located in the New York City area and across the harbor on Long Island. The new locations will be placed upstate in the Albany and Buffalo areas, the company said.

The company is hoping to see the bill gets passed before the legislative calendar ends on June 21.

The electric carmaker has worked hard to get into the state and expand its presence, with New York housing plenty of likely customers. Luxury car buyers would be interested, as would those car shoppers looking forward to the more affordable Model 3 coming out this year.

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Tesla started a campaign for support during 2013. Tesla CEO Elon Musk had tapped into his long list of Twitter followers to contact state legislators asking them to stop a move by state car dealers to block the carmakers from setting up stores in New York.

Support for Tesla was present, but dealers were able to push for a compromise the following year that limited presence to five corporate stores.

The California-based electric carmaker is currently allowed to have stores in 26 states in the U.S. and in the District of Columbia, according to the company.

The company is also lobbying near New York, over in Connecticut as that state’s legislature approaches the end of its current legislative session this week. If the legislature approves a bill allowing direct sales to consumers, Tesla plans to open 10 stores in Connecticut by the end of 2018.

New York Post


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