Last week, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed into effect House Bill 235, which will allow Tesla Motors to sell directly to customers as soon as this year.
According to the International Business Times, the bill lets Tesla open up as many as four dealerships in Maryland starting on October 1.
“These laws will additionally allow companies like Tesla to introduce new automotive technology to more people and educate consumers about the benefits of electric cars. We hope this momentum combined with encouragement from independent entities, such as the Federal Trade Commission, will lead to direct sales in other states such as Connecticut, Michigan, Texas, and Arizona,” wrote Tesla’s Vice President of Corporate & Business Development Diarmuid O’Connell, in an e-mail to AutoblogGreen.
Autoblog also reported that House Bill 235 was oddly supported by the Maryland Automotive Dealers Association, due in part to the portion of the bill that limits Tesla to only sell EVs in its maximum four dealerships.
A group opposed to direct-to-customer vehicle sales, General Motors, lobbied against House Bill 235. Its argument was that all automakers should abide by the same rules and regulations, and just because Tesla sells EVs, it shouldn’t be given extra allowances in regards to distribution channels.