New Jersey – Tesla sales could stay alive in the Garden State thanks to Gov. Chris Christie’s eleventh hour decision to extend the automaker’s license through April 15.
Under the new decision reached today, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) will give new car dealers until mid-April to submit their franchise agreement, allowing Tesla stores to stay open for the time being.
Sales were supposed to end today following a March 14 vote to pull Tesla’s New Jersey license.
The two week buffer may be enough to keep the lights on for Tesla in New Jersey thanks to a new bill being positioned by state assemblyman Tim Eustace that would allow Tesla to sell to customers directly. The bill only applies to zero-emission vehicles as long as they make up less than four percent of all the new cars sold in the state.
The bill may be fast-tracked into law, Eustace said, because is has leadership support.
Tesla has been selling cars in Paramus and Short Hills since 2012.