Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves signed a bill earlier last week forbidding state residents from purchasing all-electric vehicles from non-franchised dealerships. House Bill 401 was signed by Reeves after it passed the state senate earlier this month. Online direct-to-consumer sales, however, are still allowed, meaning people can still buy a new Tesla Model 3 or Rivian R1T.
But, neither automaker, along with new players like Lucid, has franchised dealerships anywhere in the US or the world. Some US states, such as Colorado, do allow these EV brands to have direct sales via “showrooms” where customers can see the vehicles in person, ask questions, and place orders. As for Mississippi, the EV sales debate has sparked a debate within the state’s Republican Party.
- Mississippi Bans EV Automakers From In-Person Sales
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