Deal Allows Tesla To Sell Cars In Ohio

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Associated Press

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Updated Thu, Mar 27, 2014 11:35 am

Ohio automobile dealers have struck a deal that will allow Tesla Motors to sell its electric cars in the state.

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The agreement with the Ohio Automobile Dealers Association was negotiated on Tuesday and approved by a Senate panel.

The bill allows Tesla to keep its existing stores in the Columbus and Cincinnati areas, and allows a third to open in Cleveland, but prohibits the company from opening any other stores.

The bill allows no other automaker to operate manufacturer-owned stores in the state.

Ohio was among states proposing to block Tesla from setting up additional direct-sales galleries on grounds they undercut traditional auto dealerships.  Dealers saw Tesla as a threat to a system in which nearly all dealerships are independently owned franchises that are separate from manufacturers.

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