State's governor shuts down talks of direct sales.
For all the positive press Tesla has been getting the company still faces significant opposition in the United States. That’s due to the fact that the automaker sells cars directly to customers, cutting out dealerships in the process. This has pissed off many states, including Texas, where Governor Greg Abbott killed the idea that Tesla would be able to sell cars in the Lone Star State. Abbott laid out his concerns in an interview with Bloomberg Radio.
“Texas has a very robust, very open, very effective automobile sector that seems like it’s working quite well the way that it is. If you’re going to have a breakdown in a car, you need to have a car dealership there to make sure that the vehicle is going to be taken care of. We haven’t seen that from Tesla.” According to Automotive News Elon Musk has pushed hard to get the Lone Star State on Tesla’s side, hiring 20 lobbyists and making $150,000 in political contributions to legislators. So far his efforts seem to be wasted. Maybe Abbott would change his tune if Tesla rolled out an electric pickup with a rifle rack?