LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – In April, a Denver-based company that has done real estate work for electric car giant Tesla submitted plans for a “vehicle dealership” in eastern Jefferson County.
But Kentucky law poses a complication, since it largely bans auto manufacturers from owning, operating or controlling a dealership. Instead, that power rests with local franchises.
Tesla, however, long has resisted those local arrangements. It favors company-owned stores and direct sales, part of a strategy that co-founder and CEO Elon Musk has said reflects Tesla’s unique technology and approach.