DMV: Tesla can run dealerships in Richmond
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) ruled on Thursday to allow Tesla Motors Inc to operate its own dealerships in Richmond.
States in the U.S. have dealer-franchise laws that prohibit manufacturer-run stores to compete with independent dealers. Virginia law restricts the operation of dealerships in the state by car makers. However, the DMV can allow Tesla to run its own shop, as there is no independent dealer in the area.
“This decision will allow Richmond-area consumers to learn about and purchase their Tesla vehicles in closer proximity to their homes,” Diarmuid O’Connell, vice president of business development at Tesla, said in a statement, adding that the company will begin construction of a new store.