Direct Sales of Tesla Coming to Maryland

Legislation Passed to Allow up to Four Tesla Stores in the State

Tesla Gallery in Westfield Mall, Bethesda, Maryland
Tesla Gallery in Westfield Mall, Bethesda, Maryland

Only minutes before the 2015 Maryland General Assembly ended at midnight, House Bill 235 passed the final vote needed to allow Tesla Motors to sell cars direct to customers in Maryland.

At 11:58 PM, @DelegateReznik of Montgomery County, who sponsored the bill, tweeted “Welcome to Maryland @TeslaMotors” with a photo of the tally board in Annapolis showing HB 235 had passed a concurrence vote in the House by 122 yeas to 15 nays.

Kirill Reznik @DelegateReznik: Welcome to Maryland @TeslaMotors

The bill was supported by the Maryland Dealers Association which agreed to allow as many as six locations. However, General Motors wanted to limit the number to two locations. In the end, the bill was amended to allow as many as four dealer licenses to be issued.

Bob Erdman and Lanny Hartmann testify in the House Environment and Transportation Committee in support of Maryland HB 235 with Jeff Cadman, Delegate Kirill Reznik and James Chen of Tesla Motors looking on. Feb. 19, 2015

After the bill is signed by the Governor, it will take effect October 1, 2015.


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