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Tesla Withstands GM-Backed Effort to Ban Direct Sales in Indiana

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - Tesla prevailed Thursday in Indiana, where lawmakers sidelined a bill that would have kicked the company out of the state unless it establishes dealerships. Tesla is licensed to sell its electric cars directly to consumers in Indiana and has operated one store in Indianapolis for two years. State Representative Kevin Mahan introduced a bill, which General Motors lobbying helped to create, that would have required Tesla to establish franchised dealers. After a hearing Thursday, a state Senate committee voted to send the bill to a “summer study” session -- in essence, tabling it.

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