Tesla works around direct sales ban in Connecticut with plans to open showroom on Tribal land

Tesla is working around antiquated dealership laws again, this time in Connecticut. Mohegan Sun, a popular casino and resort, has announced the opening of a Tesla Sales, Service, and Delivery Center later this year, marking a “first-of-its-kind venture” in the state operating on Sovereign Tribal land.

For years Tesla has been working to overturn legislation in Connecticut that only allows vehicles to be delivered to customers through a third-party dealership. This poses a problem for Tesla since they sell their cars directly to consumers, something that simplifies the buying process and avoids the need for a middle man, and all of the strings that come attached with that business model, but it also means customers can’t take delivery within the state.

Teslas most recent attempt to overturn the law was last year, and like it’s previous attempts, the bill failed to pass. Now Tesla is taking matters into their own hands, and opening a delivery center on tribal land.

“We’re really excited about this new Tesla EV Showroom opening this fall at Mohegan Sun. This endeavor with Tesla marks an electrifying milestone in Mohegan Sun’s commitment to fostering impactful relationships, promoting environmental sustainability, and offering cutting-edge experiences for our millions of annual guests, each of which are core goals of Mohegan Sun and the Mohegan Tribe,” said Jeff Hamilton, the president and general manager of Mohegan Sun.

According to The Mohegan Sun, the showroom will be located across from Todd’s English’s Tuscany, and deliveries will be handled at the nearby Sky Tower valet. the Mohegan Sun already has five Tesla charging stations.

Tesla has used this strategy of working around dealership laws in other states. The automaker has opened two location in New Mexico, and has plans to open a location in Oneida, New York.

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