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05.22
2015
by Autoblog Staff | Auto Blog | 05-22-2015

"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.

05.04
2015
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.”

04.23
2015
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.

04.20
2015
by PHIL KERPEN | National Review | 04-20-2015

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.
 

03.24
2015
by HOLMAN W. JENKINS, JR. | Wall Street Journal | 03-24-2015

Elon Musk has proved that a market exists for electric cars, despite their many inconveniences, especially if they come wrapped in taxpayer subsidies. He hasn’t proved he can make a profit.

03.22
2015
by Edward E. Whitacre Jr | Texas Tribune | 03-22-2015

Texans are entrepreneurial. They welcome innovative, cutting-edge business to the state. But they also know that it’s unfair, and bad business, to change the rules in the middle of the game for the benefit of a single player. If you have a good product, put it on the field. We welcome it. But when you change the rules to help one player gain an unfair market advantage, everyone loses.

02.27
2015
Bloomberg View | 02-27-2015

Elon Musk, all-purpose impresario of the future, is enthusiastic about electric cars. “Eventually,” he says in the forthcoming issue of Bloomberg Markets magazine, “all cars will go electric.”

02.21
2015
by Amy Leman | Austin American-Statesman | 02-21-2015

For the Nyle Maxwell Family of Dealerships and Fiat of Austin, selling cars is about much more than selling cars. Rather, it’s both literally and figuratively the “vehicle” for helping the community.

Support for Central Texas Table of Grace is just one example of the car dealer’s passion for the community, but this one hits a bit closer to home. Founded by former Fiat of Austin employee Stacy Johnson in 2014, the nonprofit organization provides temporary emergency housing for children in transition.

02.19
2015
by David Saleh Rauf | Houston Chronice | 02-19-2015

Bill Wolters, president of the Texas Automobile Dealers Association, which is opposing the legislation, said Thursday “no matter how many outlets they ask for it’s still a monopoly.”

“Tesla,” he said, “is a pure monopoly.”

02.19
2015
by David Saleh Rauf | San Antonio Express-News | 02-19-2015

AUSTIN — Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, backed with an army of lobbyists to storm the Texas Capitol, has started doling out political contributions to dozens of lawmakers in the Legislature — a cash outpouring aimed at competing with a deep-pocketed network of state auto dealers.

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