Tesla has a really big location in Charlotte, North Carolina – pictured above. In most other states, it would be considered a Service plus location, which includes both a store and service center, but due to direct sales restrictions and Tesla’s inability to obtain a dealer license, the location is considered “gallery” and service center.
And now we learn that Tesla is subject to further restrictions as the DMV asked the automaker to stop offering test drives out of the location.
Nonetheless, Tesla was still operating its Charlotte location as a “gallery”, where it doesn’t make any transaction, but where it still educate the public on its products. The company told us that they had an understanding with the DMV commissioner that they could still offer test drives to the public with the goal to educate them on their offering.
But Tesla confirmed to Electrek that they were asked by the DMV this week to stop giving test drives out of the Charlotte location.
The demand comes a few months after the DMV had a change of leadership and Torre Jessup was named the new commissioner of the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles.
I look forward to the auto dealerships going the way of shopping malls.