Lawmakers heard testimony Tuesday on a proposal that would allow electric car manufacturer Tesla to open dealerships and sell directly to consumers in Wisconsin.
A decades-old state law bars direct sales by carmakers.
Supporters of the measure argue allowing Tesla to set up dealerships in Wisconsin will boost the state’s economy by creating jobs and generating sales tax revenue.
“Tesla, a Fortune 500 company that wants to come to the state and do business here, is not allowed to do business in this state because of the laws that we have,” said Sen. Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield, one of the bill’s sponsors.
But opponents argue the change would hurt car dealerships in Wisconsin, by opening up the possibility for manufacturers to bypass them. The proposal would allow any vehicle manufacturer that produces only electric cars to sell directly to consumers. Read the full story here.