New Jersey Joins Texas and Arizona as a Non-Tesla State

In a wild ride of a day, much like the amazing acceleration of any Tesla Motors car, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission passes ‘anti-Tesla’ regulation.

It started in October last year when the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) proposed regulation PRN 2013-138 that would prohibit any vehicle manufacturer selling cars directly to consumers in the state. Regulations and laws of this type have been come to be known as ‘anti-Tesla’ as the Silicon Valley motor company would be the only manufacture who’s business model would be affected.

Since October Tesla has been working with the NJMVC and the Christie administration in Jersey to get this radical proposed change treated as legislation so that it gets an open and public debate.

This morning Tesla released a statement on their site calling for help. It seems that the proposal – which is sponsored by the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers (NJ CAR) – was to be debated today, something that goes against what Tesla claims was agreed. They were under the understanding that the voting on the regulation was being delayed.

The EV community mobilised. Tesla drivers and fans from New Jersey made the journey to Trenton where this was to be voted on at 2pm EDT. At Transport Evolved we shouted as loud as we could to raise awareness and live blogged the meeting.

Unfortunately, even with a turnout which left ‘standing room only’ the NJMVC passed the regulation making it the third state in the US to prohibit the sale of Teslas directly to customers.

After the vote, 14 members people in attendance signed up to speak. Comments, as relayed to us, included existing Tesla customers explaining why Tesla does car sales so much better to Jim Appleton from NJ CAR trying to explain how ‘Tesla crushes competition’.

So where does this leave potential Tesla customers? At the moment the only solution is for them to go out of state to get the car they want.

What do you think about this ‘anti-Tesla’ regulation?


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  • 3dv

    A very sad day indeed. To be forced to re-write your entire business plan by an overbearing Government that presumes to know better than you is draconian and the antithesis of the founding principals and ideals of our great Country. It really amazes me this would even be contemplated by our so called Civil Servants, shouldn’t they be out FIXING potholes rather than installing new ones? Have we learned nothing?

    • Matt Beard

      It’s not that the Government thinks they know better, it it a case of deliberately acting to protect their own vested interests.

  • Nicholas Zahn

    Online sales are still valid in NJ, correct?

  • Lars Thomsen

    What a shame for the once so EV-friendly State of NJ! nFor Europeans it is hard to believe or understand that Americans are doing that to their own companies. nReminds me of Tucker – just watched the movie again a few weeks ago. nSo sad for America! Lars

  • A sad day u2026 made in America, banned in America.nnNJ unlike AZ & TX took action to ban an existing business from opperating in their state vs. not approving a new business license. The actions by NJ-CAR and NJ-MVC make a good case to move towards a federal review on these types of restrictions. Individual states don’t have the authority to restrict interstate commerce.nnPerhaps NJ Tesla owners should consider displaying “Banned in NJ” banners to spread public awareness?

  • Peter Crisitello

    This is the most un-american thing I can think of?! From the mid 1960’s to the late 80’s a little automobile company out of South Bend, Indiana sold several thousand automobiles directly from the factory with no dealership network. The Company was Avanti Motors and they produced a copy of the 1964 Studebaker Avanti known as the Avanti II. Without this factory direct setup they would never have been able to last as long as they did. The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission is obviously opposed to free enterprise and interstate commerce in this state!? Shame on you NJ!?

  • Guy Gooch

    US Auto Makers are scared because EV’s are making an economic impack and they are so behind Tesla, it’s all about $$$$. nThey are trying to kill the electric car again and Tesla is the head of this growing EV Monster..nIgor to the Giga Lobortory… look,, ITS ALIVE!!!!! (Insert English accent) nTime for another Cherry Beer.. Cheers.

  • Austin

    Where’s the logic? Beyond the first reaction of this makes clear the market isn’t free there, it makes it such that the state will lose the sales tax on those cars, sure it’s “only” a few thousand dollars each…but it adds up.

    • Ed Logan

      In NJ, EVs don’t have to pay sales tax.

  • andywade

    So much for free enterprise, eh? Worth remembering next time a Yank blathers on about TEH FREEDOM, they long ago did away with free speech of course and now they don’t even have a free market!

  • John Lasher

    As a resident of New Jersey, I am deeply saddened by the blatant display of corruption shown today. It’s a true shame that votes and policies are so easily bought by such a corrupt administration.

  • andywade

    lols – lecture the rest of us about free enterprise now, yankees!