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Colorado Bill 167 just passed allowing direct sales of electric vehicles from manufacturer to consumers.

Score one for Rivian and anyone in Colorado. :clap:

https://www.autonews.com/dealers/scaled-back-colorado-ev-bill-clears-senate
Scaled-back Colorado EV bill clears Senate

Colorado state senators on Friday passed a bill allowing Rivian and other electric vehicle manufacturers to sell directly to consumers in the state — but they struck a provision that would have allowed all automakers, including those with franchised dealers, to do the same.

The Colorado Senate voted 22-12 on the bill, which now goes to the state House for consideration.

Prior to the bill's passage, lawmakers removed its most controversial language that would have allowed automakers to own, operate or control a dealership "that sells electric motor vehicles of a line-make manufactured by the manufacturer." That had sparked fierce pushback by the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association, which opposed the idea of automakers with franchised dealer networks opening up factory stores that would compete directly with dealer-owned stores.

The language adopted Friday now allows automakers to own, operate or control one or more dealerships "if the manufacturer manufactures only electric vehicles and has no franchised dealers of the same line-make in this state." The bill now would appear to limit direct sales to automakers that exclusively build EVs, such as Tesla and Rivian, a Plymouth, Mich., startup that has lobbied for the opportunity to sell directly to consumers in Colorado and other states.

CADA President Tim Jackson said the association supported the amendment and is now neutral on the bill. It opposed the previous version.
 
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Good to hear. I hope rest of the states follow same steps
 
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Only the first step (not law yet) but definitely moving the right direction for consumers. :)
 

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I can buy everything else online - why not my next vehicle?
 

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And the really great thing is that it shouldn't hurt the dealerships one bit since they were claiming it was a "solution looking for a problem." Everybody wins!
 

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Update: Bill passed CO House by over a 2:1 margin. (Source: LegiScan)

Status
Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-1)​
Status: Introduced on February 13 2020 - 25% progression​
Action: 2020-03-12 - House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments​
Roll Calls
2020-03-12 - House - House: Third Reading Bill (Y: 42 N: 20 NV: 0 Abs: 3) [PASS]​

Officially still not a CO law until the governor signs the bill but that appears to be academic at this point.

For those interested in some of the background work that went into this bill, HyperChange just released a YT video where Gali interviewed Sean Mitchell just prior to the bill passing the CO House, And Sean also has a recent video but after the bill passed the House, (Video has a somewhat misleading thumbnail where the letters RIP on headstone appear next to a picture of the R1S.)
 
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