TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Electric-car company Tesla Motors might be able to stay plugged in in New Jersey.
An Assembly committee on Thursday unanimously advanced a bill that would allow electric car manufacturers to sell vehicles directly to residents. The companies would be required to operate maintenance facilities in the state.
The bill comes months after the state Motor Vehicle Commission implemented regulations that require new-car dealers to have franchise agreements before they can be licensed.
The rules effectively prohibit Tesla from direct sales.
The California-based company has been selling cars at two locations in New Jersey for about two years. Its electric cars retail for around $60,000 before incentives.
Lawmakers heard from advocates Thursday saying electric cars have environmental, health and economic benefits.
But an industry group says Tesla’s business model stifles competition.