"I can appreciate Tesla wanting to sell cars, but I think it would have been wiser if Mr. Tesla had sat down with the car dealers first," she said. It is possible to own a Tesla in Texas, but it's not easy to do.
by By David Saleh Rauf | San Antonio Express-News | 05-04-2015
“It’s fair to say that Tesla is dead in committee for this session,” said state Rep. Roland Guitterez, a San Antonio Democrat who serves as the committee’s vice chair and opposes the bill. “If there was a willingness to move Tesla, I think we would have taken the vote already.”
by Carrol Smith is owner of Monument Chevrolet in Pasadena | Houston BizBlog | 04-23-2015
Contrary to many claims, dealers are absolutely welcome to sell Tesla cars. The truth is, franchised dealers sell more electric vehicles that Tesla ever has. Taking into account the drop in Tesla sales from 2013 to 2014, Tesla would benefit under the franchise system.
Every time a Tesla is sold, we witness a transfer of wealth to a rich hobbyist (most Teslas are their owners’ third or fourth car), while average Americans are on the hook for at least $30,000 in federal and state subsidies. Tesla is more a regulatory arbitrageur than an auto manufacturer.