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Georgia lawmakers shelve controversial proposals on electric vehicles



by Dave Williams | Nov 30, 2022 | Capitol Beat News Service

ATLANTA – A legislative study committee looking for ways to help accommodate an expected increase in electric vehicles plying Georgia highways approved a series of wide-ranging recommendations Wednesday.

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  1. Re: the Tesla “carveout”. So Tesla does not have dealers that sell their vehicles. Right now you can go online and order almost any new vehicle from a manufacturer’s website and it will be delivered to your door, albeit through a dealership. Carvana, Zoom, and other online used car sellers deliver directly to your door. Give everyone a carveout. Let dealers make money performing warranty work and servicing vehicles. The only real issue for government to solve is how EV users will pay their fair share of road use taxes. Let market forces and economics drive the other issues to closure. Whatever solutions the government devises will add complication, inconvenience , inequity, and expense.

    • The government-enforced near-monopoly on auto sales – requiring them to be sold through third parties rather than through manufacturers – is remarkably similar to Georgia’s alcohol laws largely prohibiting or restricting sales directly from manufacturers and requiring sales through third-party distributors. Perhaps unsurprisingly, organizations including the Georgia Automobile Dealers Association and the Georgia Alcohol Distributors Association lobby hard and donate heavily so politicians preserve these anti-free-market laws. And you are 100 percent accurate: Government “solutions” will be in service to a non-existent problem and those funding its creation. Just get out of the way.

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