Tesla lost the battle in Texas. North Carolina looks like they will do the same.
I think its just the first domino
Really? Because if we are being honest with ourselves we will see that these attempts to lock Tesla out is a chump move.
Texas is blocking Tesla under the guise of protecting consumers by conserving the competition between dealerships. They are worried that changing current franchise laws would open the door for larger manufacturers to begin selling directly to consumers. Well god forbid producers and consumers do business directly, cutting out the middleman that nobody likes to deal with anyway. It's kind of funny because Dell Computers kind of led the way in selling direct to consumers in the PC industry, and is based in Texas.
Then they throw out the whole "it'll hurt family-owned franchises" spiel. frick that. Why do states have laws that favor one business model over another? Shouldn't the free market decide? The dealers like to appeal to the consumers saying they are doing what's best for them, local presence and what-not. They should stop being pussies and lobbying for laws protecting their businesses, and instead welcome the competition and opportunity to show consumers their value.
And why is it the small-government, regulation-hating red states that we keep hearing about strictly enforcing these ridiculous anti-business regulations?
I don't think Musk is going to back down, and in the process with all the publicity I think more people are going to start realizing what's going on.
It may be the first domino, but I think they will start to fall in a different direction than you expect.