The electric car company can only sell and service its vehicles freely in about a dozen states, while it faces restrictions in others. Some, like New Mexico, ban Tesla from offering sales or repairs without going through a dealership. In January, the company struck a deal with Michigan to resolve a 2016 lawsuit, a symbolic victory that allowed it to sell in the backyard of the nation’s largest carmakers.
Supporters of Tesla say the shop in New Mexico marks the first time the company has partnered with a tribe to get around state laws, though the idea has been in the works for years.
From Oklahoma to Connecticut and other states, consumers can’t buy Teslas because the company won’t partner with dealerships and hasn’t been successful in winning over the courts or lawmakers to allow its direct sales model.
“These states have lots of sovereign Native American nations in them that could be interested in Tesla,” said Brian Dear, president of the Tesla Owners Club of New Mexico. “I don’t believe at all that this will be the last.”
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
Australia Wants Facebook Held Liable for Anonymous Comments
Australia’s prime minister described social media as a “coward’s palace” and warned that digital platforms including Facebook should be held liable for defamatory comments posted anonymously.
UNITED AIRLINES WILL ADD NEW INTERNATIONAL ROUTES NEXT YEAR
United Airlines said Thursday it will launch its biggest expansion of transatlantic service next year, a vote of confidence that international travel will rebound from the depths of the pandemic.
CHINA SET TO SEND 3 ASTRONAUTS ON LONGEST CREWED MISSION YET
China is preparing to send three astronauts to live on its space station for six months — a new milestone for a program that has advanced rapidly in recent years.
US REGULATORS SEEK ANSWERS FROM TESLA OVER LACK OF RECALL
U.S. safety investigators want to know why Tesla didn’t file recall documents when it updated Autopilot software to better identify parked emergency vehicles, escalating a simmering clash between the automaker and regulators.
WILLIAM SHATNER, TV'S CAPT. KIRK, BLASTS INTO SPACE
Hollywood’s Captain Kirk, 90-year-old William Shatner, blasted into space Wednesday in a convergence of science fiction and science reality, reaching the final frontier aboard a ship built by JeffBezos’ Blue Origin company.
MICROSOFT SHUTTING DOWN LINKEDIN IN CHINA
Microsoft is shutting down its LinkedIn service in China later this year after internet rules were tightened by Beijing, the latest American tech giant to lessen its ties to the country.
HYDROPOWER DECLINE ADDS STRAIN TO POWER GRIDS IN DROUGHT
After water levels at a California dam fell to historic lows this summer, the main hydropower plant it feeds was shut down. At the Hoover Dam in Nevada — one of the country’s biggest hydropower generators — production is down by 25%. If extreme drought persists, federal officials say a dam in Arizona could stop producing electricity in coming years.
INSTACART CEO SAYS ONLINE GROCERY SHOPPING HAS ROOM TO GROW
When the pandemic hit the U.S. last year, grocery delivery company Instacart suddenly became a lifeline for millions of consumers. Sales volumes skyrocketed; in one month, the company added 300,000 drivers to keep up with its orders.
WITH HUMOR, VENOM 2 LEANS INTO RELATIONSHIPS
“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” is best when it’s not trying to be a comic book movie.
WHO HONORS HENRIETTA LACKS, WOMAN WHOSE CELLS SERVED SCIENCE
The chief of the World Health Organization honored the late Henrietta Lacks, an American woman whose cancer cells were taken without her knowledge during the 1950s and ended up providing the foundation for vast scientific breakthroughs, including research about the coronavirus.
Elon & Grime's BIZARRE BREAKUP
Down to Their Last Dollar
Businesses fail every day, from world-beaters (like TWA and Lehman Brothers) to sexy high-fliers (DeLorean, Enron) to Steady Eddie, old-school icons (Toys “R” Us, Sears). Sometimes, of course, market conditions simply turn Sisyphean. But often, when that boulder starts to roll backward, a leader’s grit, imagination, resourcefulness, and ability to conjure a little luck can mean the difference between a brave new chapter and, well, Chapter 11. Here, four businesses that went from nearly bust to total gangbusters.
TESLA REPORTS STRONGERTHAN-EXPECTED Q3 SALES
Tesla says it delivered 241,300 electric vehicles in the third quarter even as it wrestled with a global shortage of computer chips that has hit the entire auto industry
HOW TO INVEST IN CRYPTOCURRENCY WITHOUT BUYING ANY
Cryptocurrencies are inherently cryptic — it’s right there in the name. And if you follow Warren Buffett’s advice to never invest in businesses you can’t understand, it may be hard to justify investing in a currency made of math instead of gold.
El futuro es eléctrico
Una revolución ecológica en los viajes ha comenzado: los automóviles con baterías modernos se venden con rapidez y los aviones de cero emisiones están a punto de llegar.
Keep Current with Facts About Electric Cars
THE NEXT BREAKTHROUGH FOR AI HAS BECOME REAL
US PROBING AUTOPILOT PROBLEMS ON 765,000 TESLA VEHICLES
The U.S. government has opened a formal investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot partially automated driving system after a series of collisions with parked emergency vehicles.
Finally…Legit Tesla Rivals Emerge
A handful of car companies are rolling out major challenges to Tesla’s EV primacy in 2021.
TESLA REACHES MILESTONE WITH FIRST $1B QUARTERLY PROFIT
Tesla’s quarterly profit has surpassed $1 billion for the first time thanks to the electric car pioneer’s ability to navigate through a pandemic-driven computer chip shortage that has caused major headaches for other automakers.