Tesla currently has no facilities in New Mexico aside from a few Supercharger stations. This is due to a law prohibiting direct sales from automakers.
The company is now pushing a new bill in the legislature in order to change that and bring stores and service centers to the state.
The automaker is making a new round of efforts to allow direct sales of its vehicles in a few states.
Last weekend, we reported on Tesla starting to lobby for a similar effort in Connecticut, where current owners have been buying their cars and getting service from other neighboring states.
New Mexico is an even more difficult situation since neighboring states are quite far from most residents.
Now, Tesla is making a new push to allow direct sales from automakers in the state with a new bill introduced by Democrat senator Gerald P. “Jerry” Ortiz y Pino.
Earlier this month, the company sent out an email encouraging local owners to show their support for the bill.
Here’s the email:
At Tesla, we’re accelerating the future of sustainable energy with groundbreaking electric cars and energy products.
As you may know, New Mexico is currently one of a handful of states that prohibit manufacturers from selling directly to consumers, and also prohibits Tesla from opening any service locations in the state.
In an effort to provide the full Tesla experience to New Mexico customers like you, we are supporting SB255 to allow car manufacturers like Tesla to sell and service directly to consumers in New Mexico.
Please consider contacting your legislator here to ask them to support SB255 and your freedom to choose how to purchase your vehicle.
The passage of this bill will help Tesla continue to accelerate the future of sustainable energy.
Thank you for your support.
Best Regards, Meredith Roberts, Tesla Policy Team
Here’s the bill in full:
As I wrote in my article about the push in Connecticut last weekend, I can’t wait until I won’t have to report on this nonsense, but states like Texas, Michigan, Connecticut, and New Mexico are making it hard to see an end to it.
We will keep an eye on this latest push in New Mexico, like the one in Connecticut and the lawsuit in Michigan. If you have something to say about it, we would suggest letting your local legislators know what you think of the situation.