Connecticut Supreme Court to hear dealers' appeal over Tesla store

Green Car Reports

The Connecticut Supreme Court is scheduled to take up the case of whether Tesla should have been allowed to operate stores in the state. It's a case that could help shape a brewing national debate about how consumers buy electric cars, whether current dealers are equipped to sell them, and whether new startup automakers should be subject to laws.

Rewarding Dealers Who Sell Electric Cars: Connecticut Takes The Lead

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Incentives for buyers are a great way to boost electric-car sales, but what about incentives for the dealers that actually sell them the cars? In February, the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced its "Revolutionary Dealer Award," which will recognize dealers that sell the most electric cars, according


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Tesla faces battle over direct sales to buyers in Connecticut

Green Car Reports

Another month, another Tesla battle with auto-dealer lobbyists in another state—or so it seems in the company's ongoing battle to sell electric cars online directly to buyers. This time, the action is in Connecticut, where on Monday the legislature's finance committee approved a bill letting Tesla do just that. Politics sales dealers New car sales plug-in cars dealerships Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) state laws Connecticut

Dealer-Funded Study Paints Misleading Picture of Direct Sales

EV Club of CT

A new report by the Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis—which acknowledges in its opening sentence that it was commissioned by the Connecticut Auto Dealers Association (CARA)—paints a gloomy picture for the state’s economy if legislation.

Connecticut Electric-Car Incentives Unveiled, Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Cars Included

Green Car Reports

Connecticut can now count itself among the cadre of states offering incentives for the purchase of new plug-in electric cars. And the name of its incentive program gets right to the point: CHEAPR is the suitably appropriate acronym for the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate pilot program. DON"T MISS: Rewarding Dealers Who. rebates hydrogen incentives plug-in cars transportation policy Connecticut fuel cells

Connecticut Considers Bill To Let Tesla Sell Direct To Buyers

Green Car Reports

The battles between Tesla Motors and state auto-dealer associations over the carmaker''s direct-sales model has seen victories and losses for both sides. While some states have passed laws either banning or explicitly legalizing Tesla''s company-owned stores and online sales, many still haven''t weighed in either way. DON''T MISS: Where Can Tesla

CT dealer incentive for electric-car sales works, could be improved: report

Green Car Reports

Connecticut ushered in a unique electric-car incentive in 2014, and the first points of data on its effectiveness have now been published. car buying incentives plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) state laws ConnecticutThe Connecitcut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate (CHEAPR) program not only provides a direct incentive for consumers to buy electric cars, it also awards cash to the dealership that sells one.

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Kia Soul EV Sales Expand Again, To Four Northeast States

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When it first went on sale, the Kia Soul EV electric car was only available at select dealers in California. Green Connecticut Maryland New Jersey New York plug-in carsBut Kia later followed up on a promise to expand sales when it determined that there was significant interest. Earlier this year, Kia announced the expansion of sales to Oregon, Washington, Georgia, Texas, and Hawaii. DON'T MISS: 2016 Kia.

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Plug In America Unplugs

EV Club of CT

Dealers Pressure Plug In America to Back Away From Direct Sales Plug In America (PIA) has up until now played an important advocacy role in the effort to pass SB 127 in Connecticut and similar.

Direct Sales Went Up in Smoke

EV Club of CT

Connecticut residents now can buy pot, but not a Tesla. Emerging from the smoke, we can see for the dealers what selling. A direct sales bill did pass the legislature, just not the one we wanted. Read more.

Top 10 states offering EV incentives

Plug in America

Eligible low- or moderate-income household Oregon residents may apply for the Oregon Charge Ahead Rebate and earn up to $2,500 upon lease or purchase of a new or used EV from a dealer. Connecticut. Connecticut residents who purchase or lease an EV may qualify for the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate Program , a rebate up to $2,225.

Lightning eMotors partners with Soderholm Bus & Mobility to sell electric commercial vehicles in Hawaii

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Soderholm Bus & Mobility, headquartered on Oahu, is the Nº 1 bus distributor in the Pacific Islands and has sold more buses over the last 30 years than any other dealer.

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Chevrolet Volt demo vehicles begin arriving at dealerships

Green Car Congress

Chevrolet dealerships in the initial launch markets of California, Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia and Washington, DC will be receiving dedicated Volt demonstration vehicles for customer test drives over the next few weeks. Now dealers will have the ability to allow consumers to form their own opinions of the Volt through test drives and demonstrations.

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Canada and California to work together on cleaner transportation

Green Car Congress

This could include sharing lessons learned by both jurisdictions about requirements, incentives, and dealer inducements to boost sales, along with sharing approaches to developing charging infrastructure. The 13 states working with California on regulations to cut greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles are Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

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Tesla’s war against direct sales wages on with big win in Virginia


This decision goes against the wishes of the Virginia Automobiles Dealers Association (VADA), which will not plan a legal challenge. Tesla will still need to obtain a license issued by the Motor Vehicle Dealer Board to have permission to operate as a car sales entity.

Chevrolet accelerates Volt rollout; available nationwide by end of 2011

Green Car Congress

Chevrolet Volts have been delivered to customers in the Washington DC area, as well as California, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Texas. Customers nationwide will be able to order Volts with participating dealers beginning in the second quarter. The decision to accelerate the national rollout was influenced by Chevrolet dealers like Criswell Chevrolet in Gaithersburg, Md.,

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Honda cuts US lease price for Fit EV to $259/mo

Green Car Congress

Further, the network of qualified Fit EV Honda dealers in California, Oregon, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island and Connecticut will expand from 36 to more than 200 by the end of June. In the US, Honda has cut the lease price for the Fit EV in the US to $259 a month beginning 1 June, down from $389 a month.

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Kia Motors America expands Soul EV availability to four additional states; 10 total

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Following the launch of the Soul EV ( earlier post ) late last year in California, along with sales beginning in Georgia, Texas, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii earlier this year, Kia Motors America (KMA) is expanding availability of its fully charged urban runabout into four new states: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland. The Soul EV will be sold in eight New York dealerships, six New Jersey dealerships, three Maryland dealerships, and two Connecticut dealerships.

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Honda launches new “Green Path” initiatives for manufacturing and operations; new $210M paint line at Marysville with new 4C2B process

Green Car Congress

To continue to decrease CO 2 emissions from the transportation of vehicles from its plants to dealers. To expand the involvement of US Honda and Acura dealers in its “Green Dealer” program. Other elements in the Green Path program include: Connecticut Parts Distribution Center Adds 1-Megawatt Solar Array. Honda has installed a 1-megawatt rooftop solar array at its 400,000 square foot parts distribution center in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.

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Toyota reduces pricing on 2014 Prius Plug-In in US

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Toyota has reduced the MSRP on the 2014 Prius Plug-in Hybrid by more than $2,000, making the starting MSRP $29,990 (excluding dealer preparation and handling, DPH). The Prius Plug-in is available in 15 states (California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Hawaii).

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Toyota announces priority registration website for Prius Plug-In Hybrid

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The Prius Plug-in will begin arriving at Toyota dealers in 15 launch states in spring 2012, with a nationwide roll-out the following year. The 15 launch states include the following: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington. Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), USA, Inc.,

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Chevrolet Volt plant prepping for boost in Volt and Ampera production; exports to Canada, China and Europe this year

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The 2011 Volt was launched in California, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia and Washington, DC. As a result of the plant upgrades, planned Volt and Ampera production capacity this year will increase to 16,000 units, including exports and a fleet of several hundred demonstration units sent to US dealers.

2011 179

Automakers meet Oklahoma Governor and state procurement experts to explore RFP for CNG vehicles for state fleets

Green Car Congress

The meeting, which is open to the public, is intended to provide a general overview of the RFP and an open-forum opportunity for dealers and automakers to ask questions of the states’ representatives. Representatives from automakers are meeting with Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and procurement experts to ask questions surrounding a recently issued multi-state request for proposal (RFP) for affordable and functional compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles for use in state automobile fleets.

Chevrolet Canada begins taking orders for the Volt starting at C$41,545; Volts a showroom draw in US

Green Car Congress

Participating Chevrolet dealers in seven key launch markets across Canada have begun taking orders for the all-new 2012 Chevrolet Volt, with an MSRP starting at C$41,545 (US$43,568). In the US, GM has found that Chevrolet Volt demonstration units are a popular showroom draw for dealers as they let consumers look, touch and drive the electric car with extended-range capabilities. By the end of the year, more than 2,500 US dealers will receive a dedicated Volt demo.

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Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive priced at $41,450 for US; 85-mile range

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The MY14 B-Class Electric Vehicle will be available beginning in mid-July to dealers in California; Connecticut; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Jersey; New York; Oregon; Rhode Island; and Vermont. The MY14 B-Class Electric Drive. Click to enlarge. The Mercedes-Benz MY14 B-Class Electric Drive ( earlier post )—the first electric offering for the brand in the United States—is priced at $41,450, excluding $925 destination and delivery.

2014 241

ICCT paper assesses leading regional EV markets in US and policies behind them

Green Car Congress

There are substantial purchase incentives in California, Colorado, Connecticut, North Carolina, and Washington. The exact underlying characteristics of these types of communities, whether they have more proactive governments, more nonprofit activities, more progressive dealer actions, or other demographic characteristics, warrant further investigation.

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Chevrolet to Produce 10,000 Volts in 2011 and 30,000 in 2012; 50-State Availability 12-18 Months After Launch

Green Car Congress

Volts are expected to arrive at dealerships in Michigan, New Jersey, Connecticut, as well as the balance of Texas and New York in the first quarter of 2011. Before receiving Volts for retail sales, dealers will be required to complete specialized sales and service training, and install 240-volt charging stations at their dealership. Consumers can request to be contacted when dealers have available Volts in their area.

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8-state alliance releases action plan to put 3.3M ZEVs on their roads by 2025

Green Car Congress

The partner states are California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont. This will include working with the automobile manufacturers and dealers to ensure that all plug-in electric vehicle models are available for sale and aggressively marketed in all MOU states. Evaluation of best practices and innovative approaches to ZEV marketing by automobile dealers and analysis of the effectiveness of ZEV marketing by manufacturers.

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Hyundai introduces 2018 Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models at Chicago Auto Show

Green Car Congress

The Sonata Plug-in Hybrid will be distributed in California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont, but customers in any of the other states can custom order the vehicle at their local Hyundai dealer. Hyundai unveiled the redesigned 2018 Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models at the Chicago Auto Show.

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Chevrolet Volt MSRP Starts at $41,000, $33,500 Net of Full Federal Credit; 3-year Lease Program with Option to Buy

Green Car Congress

More than 600 Chevrolet dealers in the seven launch markets—California, New York, Michigan, Connecticut, Texas, New Jersey and Washington DC— will begin taking orders. To find a participating Chevrolet Volt dealer, customers are directed to [link]. The dealer will begin the order process, to be followed up by contact from a dedicated Volt advisor.

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First Drive: 2016 Hyundai Sonata PHEV and HEV

Green Car Congress

Hyundai will initially offer the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid in the ZEV states—California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont—in 2015. Although theoretically a non-ZEV state buyer could special order the PHEV, said Brandon Ramirez, Senior Group Manager, Product Planning, Hyundai won’t encourage it—partly due to dealer training, support and infrastructure issues that also require their own roll-out.

2015 216

Toyota FCV Mirai launches in LA; initial TFCS specs; $57,500 or $499 lease; leaning on Prius analogy

Green Car Congress

In 2016, Air Liquide, in collaboration with Toyota, is targeting construction of 12 stations in five states – New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Our dealers were apprehensive but trusted our vision and instincts. Mirai. Click to enlarge.

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California ARB mods to ZEV regulations for IVMs would result in ~1.9% drop in total ZEV/TZEV units 2018-2025; no impact on air quality requirements

Green Car Congress

Currently, nine states have done so: Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont. However, the IVMs say they need this same ability to pool ZEV and TZEV credits across state lines because some of them have few dealers in some of the Section 177 States.

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Dealers Are Preventing Ford From Competing With Tesla


If Ford, or any legacy automaker for that matter, really wants to compete with Tesla, the dealers need to get out of the way. For example, in Connecticut, a local paper, The Day, published […].

The Real Reason Why Dealerships Don’t Want To Compete With Tesla


When I was on a podcast with Connecticut State Senator Will Haskell and Will Cross from Tesla Owners Club of Connecticut, the senator said something that helped me understand exactly why dealerships are fighting so hard against Tesla and other EV manufacturers.

Dealer Supporters Want Tesla To “Play By The Rules” In A Broken System That Blocks EVs From Succeeding


The Day editorial board has penned an op-ed aimed at Tesla, practically trying to talk Tesla into “playing by the rules” in Connecticut.

Connecticut Dealership Sues Tesla


In June, Hoffman Auto Group of East Hartford, Connecticut, sued Tesla, the Town of East Hartford, and the development company InSite to try to prevent Tesla from opening a service center in the area.

Tesla Service Center Approved In East Hartford, Connecticut


Here is some good news for Tesla owners in Connecticut, a state that’s been heavily favoring the whims of dealerships rather than Tesla and other EV makers.

State Bans of Direct Sales of EVs Don’t Help President Biden’s 2030 EV Target


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Tesla Showroom In Connecticut Put On Hold Over Dealership Lawsuit


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Auto Dealerships Win Big in Connecticut — at the Expense of Tesla, Rivian, and Clean Air


The EV Freedom Bill in Connecticut that so many were hoping would pass didn’t. Cars Clean Transport Consumer Technology Electric Cars Electric Vehicles Policy & Politics auto dealers auto dealerships Connecticut EV Freedom Bill James Chen Rivian Tesla

The Average Dealership In Connecticut Sold 1.3 EVs In 2020


Connecticut State Senator Will Haskell shared some interesting dealership facts on Twitter this week. Senator Haskell is pro-EV, anti-carbon emissions, and is pretty neutral on how the cars are sold.

Car Dealership Sues Tesla And A Town Because They Don’t Want Tesla To Sell To Its Customers


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