A Connecticut dealership group is suing to block Tesla service centers and showrooms in the area from going up.
Hoffman Auto Group – which is listed in the two lawsuits as Jatobra Inc. – wants a Hartford Superior Court judge to overturn the city’s decision to build the service center and showroom, according to a report good from hartford current.
Tesla’s operations in the state are controversial. The electric vehicle maker is pushing for changes to state laws that would allow it to sell vehicles directly to consumers.
Hoffman says in two complaints that allowing Tesla brick-and-mortar goes against Connecticut state laws that prohibit automakers from selling franchise dealerships directly to buyers.
Hoffman said in a statement hartford current That it was committed to defending “Connecticut’s pro-consumer franchise system”. The dealership group said Tesla’s proposed part showroom, part service center would take away consumer protections from vehicle buyers.
A former Gengras Motor Cars dealership in East Hartford will be redeveloped into a Tesla service center and showroom. The East Hartford Planning and Zoning Commission approved a special use permit and site plan application for this, but Hoffman disputes the legality of that.
A now-defunct development company called Insight Development Services is also listed as a defendant in both lawsuits. In early March, the entity applied for a site plan revision and special use permit for an “electric car showroom and service center” owned and operated by Tesla, a complaint said.
But according to that suit, InSight was involuntarily dissolved by the Illinois secretary of state in mid-March. The suit claims that the entity acting on Tesla’s behalf did not have standing to pursue the application at the time of the hearing on April 14.
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