Tesla Bill Update

Tesla's bid to sell direct in Connecticut was not called for a vote before the close of the legislative session yesterday, though Tesla is continuing to lobby Governor Malloy to include a license to open dealerships in the budget. Regardless of whether Tesla succeeds or not this year, Tesla's proposed zoning language is currently written in such a way as to allow a dealership in Saugatuck at whatever future date an approval happens. Tesla has brought legislation to Hartford for three consecutive years and has pledged to continue doing so until their bill passes; over the ten-year term of a lease in Saugatuck, it's virtually certain that Tesla will win the right to sell direct. It's for that reason that we're opposed to any zoning language allowing a dealership, whether now or in the future.