Tesla Loses Texas Battle But Is Slowly Winning More States
Tesla's opportunity to sell products directly to Texas consumers disappeared when the state's legislature failed to change the law Friday.By Leah Becerra | May 31, 2015
Dealerships are not big fans of Tesla's distinctive way of selling cars. And apparently Texas isn't either.
The state's legislature failed to vote Friday on two bills that would have allowed Texas residents to purchase Teslas the primary way they're sold: from the company directly to consumers — completely bypassing dealerships. (Video via Tesla)
Bloomberg reports, "Tesla hired about 20 lobbyists and spent more than $150,000 on campaign contributions between October and December of last year..." to try and overturn Texas’ ban.