Dealers don’t have good things to say about electric carmaker Tesla Motors, and this is coming through in lawsuits. To smooth out the situation, the National Automobile Dealers Association is seeking to meet with Tesla and discuss its retail network plans. “NADA has serious concerns about Tesla’s intentions. We are seeking a meeting with Tesla executives, including its CEO Elon Musk, to discuss these concerns,” NADA Chairman William Underriner said.
State dealer groups in New York and Massachusetts are suing Tesla over its retail strategy potentially violating state franchise laws, and Tesla its defending its strategy. The company’s strategy is needed to properly educate potential customers about its electric cars, Musk said in a blog post. Most recently, a Massachusetts judge decided to consider whether to allow a Tesla store in suburban Boston to continue normal operations. The Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association requested a preliminary injunction on its suit that was filed Oct. 16 claiming Tesla’s Natick, Mass., store violates the state’s licensing, consumer protection, and franchise laws. As for NADA, the association thinks it’s a state-by-state decision, and NADA will provide legal support to state dealer associations if necessary.