The proposed rule, which was immediately approved by the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers, will also require dealers to maintain showrooms of at least 1,000 square feet, with room to display at least two vehicles and a service center. Located inside shopping malls, Tesla Stores aren’t able to service customer cars on site.
The New Jersey Tesla ban, which the company describes as “an affront to the very concept of a free market” is effective starting April 1.
“We strongly believe it is vital to introduce our own vehicles to the market because electric cars are still a relatively new technology. This model is not just a matter of selling more cars and providing optimum consumer choice for Americans, but it is also about educating consumers about the benefits of going electric, which is central to our mission to accelerate the shift to sustainable transportation, a new paradigm in automotive technology,” Tesla Motors said yesterday, before the state of New Jersey adopted the rule.
Last year, the California-based automaker had its dealer license denied in both Virginia and Texas, while Arizona and Colorado have imposed restrictions as well.