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Norwalk's Duff Wants To Allow Connecticut Tesla Sales

Sen. Bob Duff introduces legislation to allow electric vehicle manufacturers to sell directly to consumers
Sen. Bob Duff introduces legislation to allow electric vehicle manufacturers to sell directly to consumers Photo Credit: contributed

NORWALK, Conn. -- Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) announced that he has proposed legislation which will permit manufacturers of electric vehicles to sell directly to consumers.

"Embracing electric vehicles continues the work we have done in Connecticut to bring new and emerging technologies into our state," said Duff, who last week introduced Senate Bill 3, "An Act Concerning the Licensing of New and Used Car Dealers."

"We need to embrace companies that express a sincere desire to invest and create jobs in Connecticut," said Rep. Tony Guerrera, chair of the Transportation Committee.

"Telsa is an innovative company that will revolutionize transportation in the coming century. I'm proud to be a part of the effort that will allow Tesla in our state and create jobs."

The bill is not limited to Tesla; it would allow electric car companies that do not already have a physical presence in the state to have up to three dealerships in Connecticut.

"Tesla is more than just an automaker -- we’re an innovation company with a clear mission: building increasingly affordable electric vehicles to accelerate the worlds’ transition to sustainable transport," said Jim Chen, Tesla's VP of regulatory affairs and associate general counsel.

"Our mission to educate the mass market on electric vehicles is very much in line with the state’s leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and more than 1,000 of our cars are already registered in the state," Chen continued. "But right now, even test-driving a Tesla requires Connecticut citizens to cross state lines. It shouldn’t be so difficult for customers to try, and buy, an eco-friendly car that continues to set the forward-moving trends of the transportation industry."

Currently, there are more than 1,000 Tesla owners in the state, according to a news release.

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