By Associated Press - Tuesday, March 10, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The opening of a new Tesla Motors dealership in Salt Lake City is in doubt after lawmakers voted against revising a key state law.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports ( ) that legislators voted down a House bill Monday that would have changed a law that requires car manufacturers to sell through third-party franchisees.

The defeated proposal would have created an “online dealer” classification to accommodate the electric vehicle company’s online sales model.

A dealership and showroom built in Salt Lake City was slated for a grand opening on March 6. That is on hold.

Tesla’s head of regulatory affairs told the Salt Lake Tribune that the defeated proposal “puts a damper” on its plans.

The company has faced similar problems in Arizona, Texas and Connecticut.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune,

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