Tesla Sales Gaining Ground In Minnesota, But Fight Is Uphill
Minnesota car dealers argue that factory-owned stores undermines the rules on which they have relied when investing billions in their businesses, and gives a single company an unfair advantage.
Kevin Chu works about half the time at his marketing agency's Minneapolis office, and the rest at the company's San Diego headquarters. His ride, however, is trapped out west.
Chu drives the Tesla S, the all-electric luxury sedan that recently garnered Consumer Reports' highest-ever car rating and has been hailed as a magical confluence of auto engineering, digital technology and eco-propulsion.
But while the Tesla S has a range far superior to that of the Toyota Prius, Nissan Leaf and other mainstream electric cars navigating U.S. roadways, Chu would not make it anywhere near the Twin Cities before he ran out of juice and found himself with no quick, efficient way to recharge.