What's Stopping Tesla from Selling Cars in Michigan?

Forum to discuss protectionist laws that keep innovators out

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015

Chantal Lovell
Media Relations Manager

LANSING — The Michigan law that prevents auto companies like Tesla from working directly with consumers will be the topic of discussion at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s next Issues and Ideas Forum.

Dan Crane — a leading expert on antitrust law and economic regulation and associate dean for faculty and research at the University of Michigan — will explain why auto manufacturers should be allowed to sell their vehicles directly to consumers.

Crane has been a vocal advocate for direct distribution by manufacturers and has organized open letters signed by dozens of leading economists, as well as environmental, consumer, competition, technology and free market public interest groups. While a number of other states have recently moved to permit this, Michigan still requires car companies to enter into franchise agreements with independent dealers if they wish to sell their vehicles in the state.

Those who register for this event by Nov. 27 will secure a complimentary lunch. Please click here to register.

Issues and Ideas Forum
When: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
11:30 a.m. – Check-in and lunch available
Noon to 1:00 p.m. – Program with Q&A
Where: Radisson Lansing at the Capitol
Michigan II & III
111 North Grand Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933

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