Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) has won plenty of awards for its innovative electric Model S sedan -- and plenty of consumer praise for its factory stores, which are modeled on Apple's acclaimed retail outlets. But traditional auto dealers see Tesla's stores as a threat -- and they've tried to get their political allies to outlaw them.

This week, Tesla won a victory in New York, as a bill that would have banned its stores was left in committee as the state legislature adjourned. In this video, Fool.com contributor John Rosevear explains what's at stake -- and why this retail approach is so important to Tesla's prospects.

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