Tesla Motors’ model for its company-owned stores — there will be no franchised dealers — is the Apple store, presumably complete with Genius Bar. This does not sit well with other dealers in Natick, Massachusetts, where Tesla is planning a showroom:
An attorney representing the Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association along with several Natick dealerships told town officials this week that a license selectmen approved for an electric car company in Natick should be revoked because the company has not met relevant state laws.
Scott Silverman wrote in a letter to the town Monday that Tesla Motors has not proposed to offer service near the site “at any time in the foreseeable future,” as would be required by state law for a license holder.
“We want to ensure that Tesla complies with all the same requirements that our new car dealership members are required to comply with,” Silverman said [Tuesday].
The nearest Tesla service center is in New York, though Tesla will make house calls, at a buck a mile.