Tesla Clears Major Hurdle To Allow Sales In New Jersey

Tesla has faced sales bans of its electric cars in multiple states, but there’s reason for optimism for the company in New Jersey. The state is considering a bill that would allow Tesla to sell its vehicles directly to consumers in the state, and it has just passed the state Assembly.

It still must pass the state Senate, which is a significant hurdle to overcome, but it doesn’t make a lot of sense not to. The sales ban is the result of enforcement of an antiquated law that requires cars to be sold through certain means, and Tesla’s sales model doesn’t follow that mold.

Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S

Obviously, the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers is not supporting the measure, but the ban makes the state of New Jersey look backwards, anti-competitive, and anti-innovation. Nothing is guaranteed, but there’s some confidence it will pass the Senate, though. “It’s a common sense bill. It has bipartisan support. It brings jobs and revenues to the state. What’s to fight against?” Assemblyman Tim Eustace (D-Bergen) told NJ.com.

The change would allow companies like Tesla to have up to four dealerships in the state. Tesla currently has two showrooms, and it currently cannot sell cars from either location.