Tesla Seeks Talks With Auto Dealers On Possible Compromise

Executives from electric car-maker Tesla Motors are reaching out to Connecticut auto dealers, asking to meet and possibly reach a compromise that might allow Tesla to sell its vehicles directly to consumers.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Executives from electric car-maker Tesla Motors are reaching out to Connecticut auto dealers, asking to meet and possibly reach a compromise that might allow Tesla to sell its vehicles directly to consumers.

Tesla sent an email Wednesday to the Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association, asking the association for a meeting. Tesla says it "wants to respond in good faith" to multiple requests made by lawmakers for the two sides to discuss a possible deal.

A message was left seeking comment with the association's executive director.

Tesla's meeting request comes a day after a committee approved legislation allowing Tesla to bypass the state's existing franchise system. Lawmakers said they thought the two sides were already negotiating a possible compromise and voted in favor of the bill to keep those talks going.

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