Tesla sues Michigan officials over state bar on sales

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 22, 2016 11:55 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tesla Motors Inc filed suit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Michigan against Governor Rick Snyder and other state officials over the state's refusal to allow the Palo Alto, California automaker to sell vehicles directly to consumers.

The suit comes days after the state rejected the electric vehicle manufacturer's application to directly sell vehicles to consumers. Unlike other automakers, Tesla does not sell vehicles through franchised dealers. Tesla's suit says it is seeking on an expedited basis an order that it is "entitled to a vehicle dealer license."

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)