New law allows direct sale of Tesla cars in New Jersey

AP News
Posted: Mar 18, 2015 3:18 PM

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed a measure that would allow the sale of Tesla and other zero-emission cars in the state.

Christie signed the bill Wednesday. The new law comes about a year after the state Motor Vehicle Commission issued regulations requiring cars to be sold through franchises.

The Palo Alto, California-based company markets its vehicles directly to consumers, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk protested the New Jersey regulations last year.

Musk said the company chose not to sell through franchises because most of their revenue comes from gasoline-powered cars, leaving little incentive to sell electric vehicles.

The new law also requires companies selling cars directly to consumers to maintain a service facility and to report sales figures to the state.