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phycon

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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 10:29:54 AM

Tesla Motors continues to buck the odds, celebrating a major victory in the North Carolina Senate this week. The North Carolina Automobile Dealers -- concerned about competition -- set its sights on the green car company last month when it endorsed a bill that would've significantly curtailed Tesla's ability to sell vehicles in the state. The legislation, supported by the Senate's Commerce Committee, targeted direct-to-consumer sales which eliminate the need for dealerships. But Elon Musk and friends proved that it wouldn't be quite so easy to squeeze them out of NCAD's territory -- Tesla took both North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and House Speaker Thom Tillis on test drives to show off the car's capabilities. Musk's strategy seems to have paid off, as the North Carolina House of Repres
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heydano67
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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2013 10:56:00 AM

one less middle man
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DanMtz
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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2013 9:56:42 AM

Good news.
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ClarkSC
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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2013 4:59:34 AM

Looser.
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TruthMatters
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 10:19:58 PM

Way to go, Tesla!
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bar1035
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 3:40:59 PM

Yesterdays news - several times
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streetirsx
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 2:32:21 PM

inovation should always be welcomed
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Fleabite44
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 1:45:54 PM

It will be interesting to see how the car selling market develops as a result.
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orphancarguyPE
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 1:11:26 PM

Remember Henry Ford!

He started out making extremely expensive cars in low quantity for the very wealthy, then slightly more affordable models in barely higher volumes, and finally, his coup de grace, the Model T (there were lots of models before the "T") low cost in large numbers.

Elon Musk has been following THIS model of business since Day 1 of Tesla: Expensive Roadster over $100,000, less expensive $60-90 Model S, then the upcoming CUV and smaller sedan in a year and a bit (running on the same platform, just a different body) in larger numbers and much lower prices--$30K-$50K.
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 1:07:59 PM

Love it.
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MadFueler
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 12:49:23 PM

Now the old-style dealers can either adapt and evolve or get left in the dust.

Discovery02 - Yes, a lot of business groups are for free markets until they think they'll get run over by them.

humblepie - Yes, but I can't say I'm one of them. (Darn!) The rest of us are here on GasBuddy trying to save a few bucks.
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 12:06:18 PM

lotsa rich folks in north carolina
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schatzila
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 12:02:51 PM

Love it. Good for Tesla
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schvanda63
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 11:44:59 AM

Score a defeat for "The Good Ole Boy" network of car dealers. No middle men needed.
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peakkeller
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 11:35:21 AM

Why not allow them to sell direct?
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Discovery02
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 11:14:46 AM

What happened to all the proponents of the free-market economy? So if the competition heats up, they run to lawmakers to pass laws against their competition.
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beachd8
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 10:51:29 AM

Good to see this win-win for the consumer and for the manufacturer.
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 10:43:49 AM

Good job, NC legislature! What's wrong with a business trying a different way to sell their products? Certainly, it is hard to blame the auto dealers from wanting to ban the practice, since it might just change the way all cars are sold if successful. That's called disintermediation and it has worked for many different industries and products. It might just work for cars too.
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listerone
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 10:31:53 AM

I've seen a Tesla...up close.I've sat in one.I've talked to a salesman.Result...I'll never own one.Never in a million years.
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