Fate of Direct-To-Consumer Car Sales Uncertain


Electric vehicles parked outside the state Capitol building Credit: Hugh McQuaid / CTNewsJunkie

Connecticut lawmakers who walked through the state Capitol building’s parking lot Wednesday had the opportunity to inspect a display of high-end electric vehicles but the fate of legislation to allow the direct-to-consumer sales of those vehicles remains uncertain in the Senate. 

New models from Tesla, Rivian and Lucid were parked on the south side of the Capitol complex as part of an Electric Vehicle Day event. All three exclusively electric vehicle manufacturers have lobbied the legislature for an exemption to a state law requiring auto companies to sell their vehicles through franchise dealerships.

The legislation, once known as “the Tesla bill,” has been before the General Assembly for years and although a version of it once passed the House of Representatives in 2015, it has never been raised for a vote in the Senate. Last year, it expired on the Senate calendar due to inaction. 


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