Like the good Kermit the Frog says, it is not simple being inexperienced, nor apparently is it simple being a Tesla proprietor in Michigan. That may very well be altering although for residents of the southeast portion of the state, because of a brand new Tesla service middle simply throughout the state line in Toledo, Ohio, Automotive Information studies.
Why is Tesla going to all the difficulty of constructing a service middle in Ohio and never in Michigan itself? That is difficult, however principally, it stems from a vendor franchise regulation that was put in force by then Governor Rick Snyder again in 2014.
That regulation forbids Tesla’s direct-sales mannequin and basically implies that Tesla cannot promote vehicles within the state of Michigan. This has pressured these daring souls that need what the Massive T is promoting to go elsewhere (like Illinois or Ohio) and get it. It has additionally made getting their vehicles serviced a very difficult affair.
Now, whereas a 60-mile drive from Detroit to Toledo is not as simple as simply popping to the dealership on the opposite aspect of city, it’s much more handy than driving all the best way to Cleveland or Chicago, each of that are round 4 hours away.
Tesla estimates that it has round 1,500 prospects in Michigan, and it is at the moment concerned in litigation in opposition to the state to reverse the ban on direct gross sales there. The Toledo service middle isn’t accepting drop-ins, however appointments for service may be made via, and Michigan residents can nonetheless reap the benefits of Tesla’s cell service program.
Tesla did not instantly reply to requests for remark.