At a debate hosted by the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute, the Texas Automobile Dealers Association argued against carving out an exception in Texas' current franchise law, which says new cars can only be sold through dealerships. Tesla wants to sell its electric vehicles directly to customers, bypassing traditional car dealerships.
by Christopher Koopman | US News and World Report | 06-03-2013
Tesla is only profitable thanks to politics and tax subsidies.
Tesla's success is ultimately a case study in the perils of government-granted privilege, its financial success demonstrating a reliance on political favoritism more than an ability to create value for customers. Tesla Motors would not have been created were it not for the generosity of politicians – if generosity is the right term for spending taxpayers' money.