You'll find a poll at the end of this article regarding the ban on direct manufacturer sales.
So far Tesla has overwhelming support.
83% at 9:39AM MST
Frankly I find it hysterical that my state (AZ) was gushing all over Tesla for the gigafactory while at the same time prohibiting the company from selling cars here. This is saying "Give me stuff while I kick you in the nuts". Good luck, AZ and TX. You'll need it.
The delicious irony is that when I go to license my MS I won't have to pay the city portion of the sales tax because the sale did not take place in any AZ city. Those who run this state are not from here. I am and I can call them a bunch of carpetbagging scum if I like - and I do it often.
California is in the running and since more Tesla's are sold in California than anywhere, that would be a great reward. The other states really are not that interesting. Vacations are best in California and is the 8th largest world economy. As Global Warming heats up places the temps in the summer will be about 8 degrees hotter in the next 40 years. Texas and Arizona may become unlivable and cooling costs along with water costs could skyrocket.
The technologies to combat CO2 and CO emissions are being developed in CA where they are not afraid of facts and not so much influenced by the oil, coal, and gas monopolies. We have the most educated, open minded and adaptable population compared to the other states. It just makes sense to keep all the processes in one place where the engineers and designers can make the best vehicles in the world.
@ Mike83: As Global Warming heats up places the temps in the summer will be about 8 degrees hotter in the next 40 years. Texas and Arizona may become unlivable and cooling costs along with water costs could skyrocket.
But that won't happen in Texas and Arizona. In fact, they may even get cooler as the statistical temperature fluke swings the other way. Both Texas and Arizona are red states, remember, so global warming does not and will not happen in either place. It won't affect them at all.
Now on the other hand, it will affect California, since California is a blue state. However, upon closer examination, that is only because of the large urban population in LA and the Bay Area and the consequent large number of lazy bums and pointy-headed intellectuals who live there. The rest of California - notably the Central Valley and the mountains - belongs to The Real America™, so global warming won't happen there either. In fact, out of all the areas mentioned, it'll only happen in LA and the Bay Area.
Let's see...I can order a Model S via the Internet from my home. I can take my iPad to a local Starbucks and order a Model S while enjoying a mocha latte. The Starbucks might be adjacent to a Tesla gallery or it might even be co-located with a Tesla gallery. Therefore, I can buy a Model S in such a gallery. Works for me. Dealerships can go away along with gas stations. I'm OK with that.
1% support car dealerships? How can that be so high?!
@Baribortzer That is funny. I remember some preacher saying San Francisco is being punished by god. I guess Apple, Google, Tesla, SunPower, SolarCity, etc. besides being the most vacation-able city in the world are some of the punishments we must endure having to provide tax credits to the oil, coal and gas companies so the republican congress can make Obama a one term president. Such genius I have never seen.
8 degrees in 40 years? Even the most rabid alarmists aren't predicting anything anywhere near that. The consensus seems to be about 2 degrees.
Of course Ted Turner, the source of this sublime little ficton, is in his own special class of crazy.
Of course, given the track record of global warming predictions:
...I'm not worrying too much.
You need to consider individual towns and more recent data. But it is going to get hot. I was looking at temp. predictions for individual towns. No need to quibble on the exact temp rise as the release of CO from the melting ice floats could make the predictions conservative as has been in the past.
Solar power runs air conditioners.
@WEB_SRFR | JULY 17, 2014:
"1% support car dealerships? How can that be so high?!"
Actually, a higher portion of the public supports the car dealership position. I'd guess that over 90% of the people who work at car dealerships do. After all, they want to keep their jobs. And then there is the "TEA PARTY". They number roughly 25% of the population. And I'd guess that at least 80% of them would side with the car dealerships. Their core belief is that we'd all be better off if we could abolish the 20th century. As 'conservatives' they are suspicious of almost anything that's new. Except new tax breaks for the wealthy.
I agree with the implied meaning of your comment: Almost all informed, intelligent, open-minded people will back Tesla in this political distraction.
But this car-dealership hassle is but a minor annoyance. Tesla is winning with superior technology, superior marketing (spending almost nothing on it), and more business smarts than the rest of the auto industry combined.
P.S. I can't buy a Tesla in Virginia where I live; I have to go to Maryland to take delivery of my dream car. Just a minor thing -- it surely isn't stopping me. Go TSLA!
@ Grinnin': And then there is the "TEA PARTY". They number roughly 25% of the population. And I'd guess that at least 80% of them would side with the car dealerships.
I'm not so sure about that. From what I understand, the Tea Party tends to believe in a free market, without government regulation, interference, or favoritism. Which would seem to mean, among other things, that they'd oppose laws requiring autos to be sold through franchised dealers. You can blame the Tea Party for many problems, but not this one, I think.
No, I'd guess the opposition is more the mainstream, business-oriented Republicans who understand very well the business of favors given and favors returned. Especially when those favors given by NADA have many zeroes, and those favors returned by those selfsame Republicans are stuck on as a rider at the last minute. Plus Democrats who just can't turn down a briefcase stuffed with twenties. And other Democrats who do the wrong thing for the right reason and are trying to save dealership jobs.
Throw the bums out!! Except my bum, of course.