GM, Ford, and FCA couldn't stop Tesla's electric onslaught.
Tesla has been on an absolute roll lately, with Elon Musk defying the state of California to get production back underway and yet still seeing share prices soar to the point that Tesla is now worth more than GM, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler combined. The international sales of the Tesla Model Y have been a big proponent for the brand, but the good news just keeps on coming, as a report from Electrek suggests that Tesla's long-time sales block in the state of Michigan has finally come to an end. That's right, Tesla can now sell and service its vehicles right on the doorstep of the American Big Three for the first time.
The victory comes after years of protracted legal battles in which archaic state laws originally created to protect dealers prevented Tesla from selling vehicles without using independent dealer structures. It all smelled foul, though, and rumors suggested that GM, Ford, and FCA were pushing the state in order to protect their own interests. The slew of legal battles that then ensued resulted in a number of wins for Tesla, but it's only now that the electric automaker has officially started delivering its first cars in the state again, and it can service them fully as well.
Earlier in 2020, Tesla reached a deal with the state of Michigan, which allowed the brand to utilize a few loopholes in order to directly sell cars to the public. Tesla still doesn't have a legal dealer license, but cars from another state can be registered in Michigan, allowing owners to purchase a brand new Tesla Model 3 with relative ease, officially through Tesla's sales team in Las Vegas. Tesla will, however, have pickup locations located inside Michigan state.
While many Michigan natives previously bought EVs from the brand, they regularly had to collect them from Ohio. However, they couldn't service the cars very easily. In terms of servicing, Tesla itself can't service the cars, but a wholly-owned subsidiary can, yet another loophole which will be taken full advantage of.