Tesla Motors recently lost a court battle for the right to use its direct sales model in the state of New Jersey, making another state where the electric car company has been effectively banned. Texas also recently ruled that the automaker could not sell vehicles in its state, requiring instead that dealerships be established for that purpose. In New Jersey, the effort to shut out Tesla was headed up by the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers. Now that the dust has settled, Tesla Motors has released an official statement regarding the matter.
In the statement, Tesla says it was working with Governor Chris Christie’s office as well as the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission to defend against the attacks on the company’s direct sales channel. The automaker states that the governor’s office promised to tie up regulation that would ban Tesla from selling cars in the state, allowing the state legislature to review the matter and act in a way that would be best for the state’s citizens. The company goes on to say that Chris Christie’s administration and the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission “are thwarting the Legislature and going beyond their authority to implement the state’s laws at the behest of a special interest group looking to protect its monopoly at the expense of New Jersey consumers. This is an affront to the very concept of a free market.”
Many have been critical of Governor Christie’s actions, with the situation with Tesla being called another example of cronyism in the state. For now, Telsa will have to sell its Model S and future models in other states.