NC says Tesla can’t sell cars at Charlotte store | WFAE

Tesla's showroom on E. Independence Blvd. in Matthews can talk to you about a Tesla, but they can't do the deal. (David Boraks/WFAE)
Tesla’s showroom on E. Independence Blvd. in Matthews can talk to you about a Tesla, but they can’t do the deal. (David Boraks/WFAE)

The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles has denied Tesla Motors’ application to sell its electric cars at a new store near Charlotte.

Liten to my May 27, 2016, coverage at WFAE: N.C. Says Tesla Can’t Sell Cars At Charlotte Store

And if you’re looking for background why Tesla can’t sell cars here, listen to my Q&A on WFAE Friday, May 28, with my colleague Duncan McFadyen.

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One thought on “NC says Tesla can’t sell cars at Charlotte store | WFAE

  1. I remember in 2004 when I bought my Prius, car dealerships were gouging customers $2,000 or more above the sticker price for the scarce car. I bought mine over the Internet to avoid that.

    I don’t see how raising prices to cover a dealer’s profit margin is going to encourage the adoption of environmentally-friendly vehicles like the Tesla.

    One reason that the local dealership model doesn’t work with Tesla is that the local dealership makes most of its money on service. Service is not a profit center for Tesla.

    What North Carolina has done will ultimately not matter much. Today’s consumer is comfortable shopping online. I bought my Tesla Model S online, paid for it online, and will pick it up in a couple of weeks in Charlotte (where I got a test drive).

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