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    Gov. Perry open to allowing direct sales of Tesla in Texas

    Interview with Gov. Perry on Fox Business Network:
    Gov. Rick Perry on Tesla | On Air Videos | Fox Business

    Competition for battery factory is obviously the impetus for this, and is discussed, but he refers to the independent dealer requirement as "old, and some would say antiquated protection in there for the car dealers" and said how the world is changing. The strange part is he talks about consumers being able to "negotiate" directly with the manufacturer rather than buy directly. "I think the people of Texas are basically going to say, you know what, we don't need to be protected. We like being able to negotiate straight away."

    Texas legislature only meets every two years though, next session starts Jan. 13, 2015.
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    One, Two, ????
    Every now and then the truth really shines through even with the most polished presenter.
    It is a matter of time. No one likes the dealers and only politicians like dealer's money.
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    One of the people that needs protection from the big evil manufacturers.

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    Hey, I like dealers money if they give it to me I've been lobbying here for a new ICE tax of ~1% on any new ICE that would be used to fund the subsidy for EV's. This way it's most likely eaten up by the dealership as the final price of the car is anyway a negotiation between customer and dealer and the small 1% tax just disappears in it. But the small tax would easily sustain a healthy growth of EV's. The policy makers were quite interested in the idea as the EV subsidy we have right now (originating from a CO2 quote sale to Mitsubishi) ends next year and there's no way the government would just fork out money from their own wallet. But a tax on ICE's might work, especially if it's small enough We already have a similar tax for electricity. Every single person pays €0.0077 / kWh renewables tax that is pooled together and paid out to everyone who produces renewables at a rate of €0.054 / kWh I basically used the same formula to try to create a steady cash flow for EV adoption.
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    Perry can say that because he isn't going to run for re-election. I don't think you could expect the rest of the TX legislature to share that sentiment, especially those lawmakers from Houston...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasEV View Post
    Interview with Gov. Perry on Fox Business Network:
    Gov. Rick Perry on Tesla | On Air Videos | Fox Business

    Competition for battery factory is obviously the impetus for this, and is discussed, but he refers to the independent dealer requirement as "old, and some would say antiquated protection in there for the car dealers" and said how the world is changing. The strange part is he talks about consumers being able to "negotiate" directly with the manufacturer rather than buy directly. "I think the people of Texas are basically going to say, you know what, we don't need to be protected. We like being able to negotiate straight away."

    Texas legislature only meets every two years though, next session starts Jan. 13, 2015.
    WEEEEEEEEEE. alright! moving in the right direction.....now if only the other politicians are smart enough to change this law.

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    Gov. Perry will be long gone by the time the legislature meets next time. Lame duck quacking.

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    This is an article that was posted before by a truly nice person, Tesla owner and former dealership owner when things were being considered last year.
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    I think it was MY post on his Twitter page. I watched him talking on "Americas Newsroom" about how he understands freedom so much better than the President. I asked him if he understands freedom so well, why wont he let Tesla sell cars in Texas?
    I think he's basically gonna blame the legislature and not take any responsibility, or show any backbone or leadership. The whole thing is pretty sickening with all the whoring and no integrity, or true principles. But the free market WILL prevail. People want these cars, and they HATE dealerships. It's over. It just may take a while.
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    He has been saying this like a year ago. Unless I see him make an emergency legislative session and have a vote on the issue. I see it nothing more than fluff.

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