Tesla Motors Is Saved By the Bell

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.

Tesla's plan to disrupt the global auto business has yielded spectacular results. But giant competitors are already moving to disrupt Tesla. Will the company be able to fend them off? The Motley Fool answers this question and more in our most in-depth Tesla research available. Get instant access by clicking here now.


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  • Report this Comment On June 29, 2013, at 8:23 AM, DrStinko wrote:

    Tesla's engineering is outstanding!

    Their business model is.., ummm, interesting.

  • Report this Comment On June 29, 2013, at 9:20 AM, Dadw5boys wrote:

    The Governments Actions should sound an alarm for what is wrong with the USA !

    FREE TRADE ?

    Where ?

    If Tesla has to "FEND OFF" laws past by Governent to protect existing larger businesses from Competition how can any new businesses using new technology start up ?

  • Report this Comment On June 29, 2013, at 8:20 PM, CrazyDocAl wrote:

    Tesla is going to have to accept that either they need to change the laws barring auto mfgs from selling direct or accept the laws and open up dealers themselves. Tesla's argument that because their cars don't use gas or diesel makes the a consumer electronic and not a car will fall flat in court and so will their hopes of being exempt from the laws.

    Since requiring mfgs to have in state dealers creates local jobs and taxes on the goods and services they sell lawmakers are not going to be open to changing those laws. State DMVs are not going to give up the control they have over dealerships.

  • Report this Comment On June 29, 2013, at 10:10 PM, haid1 wrote:

    Sign the Whitehouse petition to allow Tesla to sell directly to consumers in all 50 states

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/allow-tesla-motors...

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 2:16 AM, skuzzle wrote:

    @CrazyDocAI - "Since requiring mfgs to have in state dealers creates local jobs and taxes on the goods and services they sell lawmakers are not going to be open to changing those laws."

    I don't see how having state dealers creates local jobs at all. The cars are manufactured someplace else. Required maintenance would require a shop of some type, meaning local jobs. The jobs just might not be at the dealer.

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