Thanks for posting that, martinjn. A similar petition was initiated in April but withered long before the goal of 100,000 could be reached. Let's hope more people now feel invigorated to act positively and sign the petition.
Of course the president does not make laws, but he can lobby the Congress to enact a law requiring all states to allow direct sales by automakers. Under the interstate commerce clause of the United States Constitution, this would override state laws.
Dealerships make most of their money through parts and service. An electric motor has few parts and requires minimal service. The Tesla service division has been mandated to add no profit to the company. If a problem does arise, a Tesla Ranger brings a free loaner to the owner and returns his car to a Tesla service center. Would a dealer be willing to do this? At no profit?
Dealerships have contracts with manufacturers granting the dealership a protected territory in which the manufacturer and other dealerships cannot sell that manufacturer's cars. There really is no additional need for laws to protect the dealerships' territories. The only reason would be to keep out a new competing brand with alternative methods for sales and service. That's un-American, anti-free enterprise, anti-consumer and contrary to the interstate commerce clause of the United States Constitution. Yet some state legislators bow to contributors of large amounts of money to their election campaigns rather than the desires of their constituents.
Please sign the White House petition and then write state and federal officials and ask them to overturn laws preventing Tesla from selling and servicing directly to consumers.
I signed this petition when it first came out. There has not been much activity on it until now. I doubt it will reach 100,000 signatures in the next 2 weeks without more "advertising". The petition also needs a bit of history and context. It's understandable to those who are familiar with the issue, but will never attract the average person because it does not clearly explain what it is trying to accomplish.
The campaign money is not trivial. Car dealers make up the largest lobby group in some states (NC, e.g., IIRC).
Woohoo!! Gaining lots of traction. About 48k signatures currently.
The petition to the White House asking for federal assistance allowing Tesla Motors to directly sell and service cars to consumers is approaching 50,000 signatures, and almost all of that in the past 7 days despite the petition being initiated 23 days ago. I signed a week ago and was #238. Now we are nearly halfway toward the goal of 100,000 and the deadline is next Friday, July 5th.
Everyone please sign and tell your friends through email and social media like Facebook. I provide a link on my website. No matter what your political affiliation, don't fear getting on the list of your White House that houses your president. They will very occasionally send you notices - usually about an upcoming speech that will be webcast through the White House website. You can unsubscribe at any time.
Petition Link: allow Tesla Motors to sell directly to consumers in all 50 states. | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government
Your petition link isn't. A link.
Best thread: http://www.teslamotors.com/forum/forums/petition-allow-tesla-sell-all-st...
Link to petition
Also in the header.
I think everyone have to post message to sign petition through the Internet.
for example Elon's message "@elonmusk: Please support the White House petition to allow direct sales of cars to consumers in all states http://t.co/nHrH69MD3W"
I meant add it to tesla reviews, blogs and so on, and ask people to do the same
I'm from Canada does that mean I cannot participate in this petition?