The innovative ways of Elon Musk's Tesla Motors include the distribution and selling platform the comany seeks to deploy to sell its cars.
The firm wants to sell its electric automobiles directly to consumers instead of using the traditional automaker-to-dealer-to-consurmer business model that has been in place since nearly the inception of the automotive industry.
Tesla won in Ohio when legislators of the state said no to an amendment backed by the Ohio Dealers Association (ODA) that would have limited its abiltiy to sell cars driectly to consumers.
The ODA did try to kick Tesla to the curb by presenting legislators with two statutes at one time, trying to obtain a favorable ruling on its self-serving issue coupled with another that would bolster publc safety, which already was en route to approval, on the very same day. The second statute called for Ohio drivers to move to the left and leave an empty lane between ongoing traffic and maintenance vehicles.
The ODA's tactic sputtered and ran out of gas, as the initiative to restrict Tesla's ability to sell directly to consumers was unanimously denied by Ohio legislators in a 12-0 vote.
Venture Beat reports that in several states, including New York, Texas, and North Carolina, the electric car company won over goverment officials simply by taking them out for test drives in its Model S. (Just one drive ... that's all it took.)