What do you do when you are one of the most famous entrepreneurs in the world, dividing your time between space exploration technology and building electric cars? Apparently you get frustrated with the National Auto Dealers Association about how your vehicle must be sold in the U.S.
According to Automotive News, Tesla CEO Elon Musk wants to sell his boutique electric vehicles directly to customers from Tesla stores setup around the country, rather than through the conventional, expensive and elaborate dealer networks.
And to make his point, he is working with the Texas legislature (a state noted for some of the strictest dealer requirements in the country) to rewrite some of the existing laws. Additionally, he's dangling the "carrot" to state officials that, if supported in his quest to open individual stores to sell his electric cars, he may be interested in building an electric pickup truck plant somewhere in Texas.
Not long ago, we discussed the possibility of what an electric pickup might look like if a company like Tesla built one; we got a wide range of responses from our readers. It remains to be seen whether Musk is serious about the feasibility of an electric pickup truck or if he's just trying to persuade Texas public officials that helping him now could mean helping the state’s economy later, but for now we can only imagine what a Model S-platformed sports pickup might look like.