Tesla Motors and their Model S electric car are becoming more popular among Atlantans. But the company is upsetting other Georgia automobile dealerships. Those dealerships are saying Tesla is not complying with a state law that regulates how many vehicles a dealership can sell. So, right now, it is a little east coast versus west coast argument with the California automaker.
The Georgia Automobile Dealers Association filed a complaint claiming Tesla's sales out of the Marietta store violate Georgia laws. That industry group is requesting that Tesla's selling license in Georgia be revoked.
The state law allows for a maximum of 150 vehicle sales at any automaker-owned stores. According to the complaint, Tesla has apparently sold 173 Model S sedans there during the 8-month period from October 2013 to June 2014.
Tesla is not going down without a fight. They say that under their license agreement sales figures are measured by the calendar year.
I reached out to both the Marietta store and Tesla Headquarters to find out how many vehicles have been sold since the beginning of this year. Neither would answer my question.
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