Although it is a free market and Tesla should have the right to have their own stores, Tesla should train other dealerships on electric cars so that dealerships are not just focused on gasoline powered vehicles. If Tesla is assuming that dealerships are not interested in a new way of selling transportation then Tesla will be creating a monopoly on electric cars. A middleman such as dealerships can create a stronger competition and a more affordable electric car as well as generating new companies that can make electric cars.
Strange that for being such advocates of the free-market that conservatives will do anything in their power to prevent green energy from being a success in this country (likely because they're given a slight majority of the corporate funds from oil companies). Tesla's harming nobody with their sales other than the dinosaur industries and companies. That deserve to be extinguished.
No, a government should not be able to block an automaker just because they choose a different distribution method, which they say is more efficient, because they should allow the people to decide with their votes if they think that Tesla is acting ethically. If the public doesn't like them, they will not buy.
I do not believe government officials should be able to block an automaker simply because they choose a different distribution method. Tesla has been selling director to consumers and supposedly that is illegal in New Jersey. I think that's pretty stupid and it screams of involvement from big oil. We need these electric cars, stop trying to stop this progression. Not to mention the fact that I'd much rather order my car on-line then go through the horrible process at a dealership!
It is completely illogical for a Governor to be able to block a private business from doing business with the citizens of his state. How is that the "free market" that Republicans are always preaching about? What it is, like everything involving Christie, is corruption. He is likely being paid, or received tons of campaign contributions from dealerships to support this position. The auto makers would love to get rid of franchise laws and sell directly to customers, something that should exist in a free market.