FTC airs help for Tesla’s direct-to-shopper gross sales
The FTC did what it might to persuade New Jersey and Missouri to repeal their ban towards Tesla’s direct-to-shopper gross sales strategy again in 2014. Now the fee has revealed one other strongly worded letter backing Tesla, concentrating on Michigan, particularly. In it, the FTC makes its level clear: it believes that “states ought to permit shoppers to decide on not solely the automobiles they purchase, but in addition how they purchase them.” When you recall, Michigan’s governor signed a invoice into regulation final yr that particularly banned Tesla from promoting to shoppers instantly. All automakers have all the time been prohibited from doing so, however the regulation was nonetheless signed to remove any room for confusion.
The FTC is urging Michigan to rethink its stance — it boldly states in its letter that it does not assume a blanket prohibition towards all automakers is true, even whether it is to guard native dealerships. A lately launched invoice within the state may loosen that regulation a bit, although it will solely create an exception for enclosed three-wheeled automobiles referred to as “autocycles.” That may permit Elio Motors to fabricate low-value autocycles and promote them within the state if it does cross. It is a begin, however the fee makes it clear that it helps direct gross sales by any firm, not simply Tesla and Elio.