Connecticut lawmakers seeking compromise fix for Tesla

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some key Connecticut lawmakers say they are willing to pursue a compromise that would allow Tesla Motors sell its electric cars directly to consumers, but with some provisions that address the concerns of the state’s independent franchise dealerships.

Current law in Connecticut prevents car makers from selling directly to consumers and Tesla has been denied a state dealership license.

Rep. Tony Guerrera, co-chairman of the General Assembly’s Transportation Committee, on Friday suggested allowing the electric car company to open a limited number of stores, possibly four or five. He said lawmakers need to be cautious and avoid harming the dealers.

The Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association says it’s ultimately better for Tesla and consumers to work within the current system of franchise dealerships, which are mostly family-owned in Connecticut.
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