Tesla Motors under pressure to stop Georgia sales

Posted Sep 4, 2014 by Justin King
The Georgia Automobile Dealers Association has filed a petition with lawmakers to force Tesla Motors to stop selling cars in Georgia.
The Tesla P85+ all electric car and its charging station.
The Tesla P85+ all electric car and its charging station.
Stan Honda, AFP/File
The special interest group wants to end Tesla’s sales because the company does not use dealers who mark up the price on vehicles. Instead, Tesla sells vehicles directly to the public from company-owned retail stores.
Tesla’s retail outlet sold just 173 cars in the last year, 23 more than Georgia state law allows without using a dealer. The dealer’s association is attempting to keep its state-enforced monopoly intact and is requesting Tesla be penalized by revoking the current dealer’s license and
“denying any attempt by Tesla to renew or reapply for a dealer or manufacturer license.”
Organizations protecting dealer monopolies have already successfully barred the electric car maker from selling their product in New Jersey, Maryland, Texas, and Arizona.
In a statement, Tesla Motors declared:
“The petition filed by the Georgia Automobile Dealers Association is nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to stifle new innovation and eliminate consumer choice.”
Tesla Motors is named after Nikola Tesla, a contemporary of Thomas Edison who developed many of the technologies that we still use today. Tesla desired to give the inventions away for free. Following the inventor’s example, Tesla Motors recently announced the decision to allow their patented innovations to be used by anyone. In a blog post, CEO Elon Musk said
"there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.
CEO and chief designer of SpaceX  Elon Musk  speaks at the 2014 annual conference of the Export-Impo...
CEO and chief designer of SpaceX, Elon Musk, speaks at the 2014 annual conference of the Export-Import Bank (EXIM), in Washington, DC, on April 25, 2014
Alex Wong, Getty/AFP/File
Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology."
Tesla Motors has said it will use every means available to fight the Georgia monopoly.