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GM Fears Compitition From Tesla Motors In Ohio – Attempts to Handcuff Innovation


tesla motorsGeneral Motors earlier this month sent a letter to Ohio Gov. John Kasich expressing concerns into whether the state was going to permit electric-vehicle maker Tesla Motors Inc. to expand beyond its two Ohio storefronts.

Ohio is among states proposing to ban Tesla from setting factory dealerships. Dealers argue that Tesla’s direct-sales model weakens conventional dealerships.

“We understand discussions are ongoing over legislation which could provide a broad exemption for a single manufacturer, Tesla Motors Inc., to circumvent long-established legal precedent on how new motor vehicles are marketed, sold and serviced in your state,” wrote Selim Bingol, GM’s senior vice president of global communications and public policy.

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