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Tesla is calling to support Connecticut residents in their right to freely purchase electric vehicles from manufacturers in their home state, without crossing its borders to do so. Under current law, new EV makers like Tesla are prohibited from opening licensed sales locations in the state, making life difficult for Connecticuters who are considering buying EVs.
In early March, Tesla launched its Engage Tesla social media platform, which will serve as a base for both the Tesla team and Tesla owner clubs, and aims to create a digital home base for the company to make it easier for members of the Tesla community. Here they can learn about important plans, events, company policies, and the company can advocate for policies that actively promote EVs in various parts of the world. With the help of Engage Tesla, the company provided an update about the situation with the sales of EVs in Connecticut, urging people not to remain indifferent to the issue.
Although new electric vehicle manufacturers such as Tesla are prohibited from opening licensed sales locations in the state under current state law, the Transportation Committee is currently reviewing bill SB 127. This bill will allow the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to issue electric vehicle manufacturers a license to sell new or used cars, provided that the manufacturer does not have—and has never had—a franchise in Connecticut. If passed, the bill would allow electric vehicle manufacturers to sell and service electric vehicles in Connecticut.
Thus, Connecticut residents will have the freedom to buy electric vehicles in their state, and innovative electric vehicle companies will have an incentive to create jobs and income in Connecticut. The Transport Committee will hold a hearing on the bill this week, so Tesla urges citizens to contact committee members to convey to them the importance of this step.
"If you believe the people of Connecticut should have the freedom to purchase their vehicle in their own state and bring jobs and revenue to Connecticut, please consider contacting your legislators on the Transportation Committee today. Act today, because a vote could occur on this important issue in the next few days and passage of SB 127 is essential to providing Tesla customers in Connecticut with the best experience."
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