Tesla Motors, the Bay Area's new luxury auto of choice, is making history again. While 5 states refuse to allow sales of the Tesla, the tide is beginning to turn in New Jersey. Most 'red' states require automakers to sell their vehicles through car dealerships, a process that Tesla refuses to accept.
Tesla launched its revolutionary product delivery system after a history of unprecedented development (see timeline) that has turned the auto industry upside-down. Tesla has always sold its Model S sedans directly to consumers and has no plans to change that sales model. Click here to see the updated map of states where Teslas are sold.
Tesla still operates "galleries" in each of those states. At a Tesla gallery, customers are able to view Model S sedans and are referred to the company's website, where they can purchase a vehicle online. Gallery employees are unable to answer pricing or purchasing questions from customers. Lucky San Francisco residents can pick up a Tesla locally in either San Rafael or Burlingame.
Currently, the automaker can perform direct sales at its stores and galleries in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Washington, D.C.