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Electric car makers like Tesla, Rivian, Lucid, and Connecticut residents have won a critical first step in the fight for their rights. On March 24, 2021, the General Assembly's Transportation Committee approved bill SB 127, which would allow electric vehicle manufacturers to directly sell their vehicles to Connecticut customers without using franchised dealerships. Nevertheless, the bill will have to be debated in the Senate and then go to the House for final adoption.
Under current state law, new EV makers like Tesla are prohibited from opening licensed stores for sale in Connecticut. However, it violates the freedoms of state residents who want to have access to buying electric vehicles from any manufacturer. In an attempt to convince everyone that franchised dealerships are definitely needed by customers, their representatives have created many myths that completely contradict reality.
On March 24, 2021, the General Assembly's Transportation Committee approved the bill that would allow electric vehicle manufacturers to directly sell their vehicles to Connecticut customers without using franchised dealerships. SB 127 would allow electric vehicle makers to obtain dealer licenses for new or used cars in Connecticut, provided they comply with requirements, including no franchise with any new car dealers in the state, and retailing only vehicles produced by their company. Among other things, electric vehicle manufacturers would also have to comply with certain conditions regarding their ownership structure.
SB 127 is currently being considered and debated by all members of the Senate before going to the House for final adoption. Connecticut residents are trying to enlist support and in this endeavor asked Tesmanian to spread the message that everyone can help them. Please, visit evfreedomct.com for details on how you can help Connecticut residents in their struggle.
Using the tool above, you can send an email to senators and tell your story, thank them for considering SB 127 and let them know what this bill will mean for you as an electric vehicle owner who would like to buy and service your vehicle in your state.
If passed, the bill would give Connecticut residents the freedom to buy and service electric vehicles in their state, and encourage innovative electric vehicle companies to create jobs and profit in Connecticut.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.