The ongoing, seemingly never-ending war between Tesla and car dealerships has just added an unexpected battle in Missouri. With just a week before the session ends, the State Senate has passed a bill that would ban Tesla from selling directly to customers. Now it can go to the House, where representatives could deal a serious blow to the electric car manufacturer.
Tesla called the legislative action a "sneak attack" in a blog post titled "Trouble in Missouri." Originally, the bill included no anti-Tesla language. In fact, the bill was only about ATVs and other recreational vehicles. But the amendment that would ban direct sales came in the 11th hour—an addition known as "a rider."
Efforts to ban Tesla's direct sales model are ridiculous across the board, but this is an especially egregious method. Then again, this is Congressional politics as usual...