In a bid to remove the ban on Tesla Motors Inc. selling their cars directly to consumers, New Jersey Assemblyman Tim Eustace March 25 introduced a bill that will allow the motor wunderkind to do just that.
The bill would trump the March 11 decision by the Motor Vehicle Commission that halted the sales of Tesla’s Model S luxury car at locations in Short Hills and Paramus, both of which fall in Eustace’s district.
Eustace (D-Bergen), who drives the new all electric Nissan leaf, wants to see consumers support American businesses and entrepreneurs. His measure would exempt cars from the franchise rule, according to the bill.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, accused of some of blocking innovation by allowing the ban, said he is bound by laws that enforce the ban and indicated the legislature is to blame for not changing the law themselves.
State Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union) is also entering the fray, introducing dealer-backed legislation that could let Tesla operate on their own until a critical mass is reached regarding electric cars.