Tesla's CEO: Texas electric car sales 'life or death' for company

Elon Musk implored Texas lawmakers to pass a measure that could drive more EV sales in the Lone Star State.

Elon Musk implored Texas lawmakers to pass a measure that could drive more EV sales in the Lone Star State.

Electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors Inc. CEO Elon Musk testified Tuesday in favor of legislation on which his company's business model for successful sales in Texas is dependent.

House Bill 3351, filed by State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, proposes that manufacturers and distributors of only electric-powered or all battery-powered motor vehicles are able to sell directly to customers and not through dealerships, as currently mandated by Texas law.

“For us this is life or death,” Musk told the House Committee on Business and Industry. “If we can’t go direct, we will not be able to sell cars.”

For more on Musk's support, visit the Houston Business Journal.

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