General 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.