Colorado Gov. Jared Polis this week signed into regulation a invoice that may enable Rivian and different electric-vehicle makers to promote on to shoppers.
The regulation will let producers that construct solely electrical automobiles to personal, function or management dealerships, offered that they haven’t any franchised dealerships within the state. It creates a path for Rivian and different EV startups to observe Tesla’s lead and promote their electrical automobiles with out working a franchised dealership community.
The unique model of the invoice would have allowed any automaker that builds electrical automobiles to promote them instantly to shoppers, a provision that additionally might have utilized to legacy automakers with franchised dealerships. The Colorado Car Sellers Affiliation opposed that language, arguing that it could drive dealer-owned shops to compete instantly with their manufacturers.
Lawmakers handed the invoice after negotiating a compromise with sellers within the state Senate that restricted the scope to electric-only automakers.