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By Kate Taylor, Entrepreneur.com
From Georgia to New Jersey, states have attacked Tesla’s direct sales model, in some cases banning sales of the company’s electric vehicles entirely. Through it all, founder Elon Musk has stayed committed to the dogma that franchising would destroy its business model.
Soon, that may change.
In an interview with Autoline Daily last month, Musk implied that the company might be easing up on the anti-franchising policy. The industry publication quotes him saying, as the company grows, « we may need a hybrid system, with a combination of our own stores and some dealer franchises. »
Coming from the CEO of the company that has referred to the direct sales model as « vital, » this is a big deal. Tesla has faced off against auto dealers associations across the country who have…
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