Republicans and some business groups have been embroiled in controversy over state legislation that makes it easier to sell electric vehicles (WVs) in Wisconsin.

The bill applies to rechargeable vehicles and allows Wisconsin residents to purchase directly from an EV manufacturer. New car buyers now have to buy from a third-party seller.

Fisker, a California company that is looking to build electric cars at a huge Foxconn facility in Ricin County, says Dale Kuyenga (R-Brookfield), an associate state accountant. To find out here.

At a public hearing in Madison this week, Henrik Fisker, Fisker’s general manager, said in a magazine article that Koyenga was comparing potential production sites: Specify where I cannot sell my car in that state. If they change those rules, I think they will take the lead. But now they are not.

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Signs of State Senator Dale Kuyenga (R-Brookfield) at the August 25 hearing in the Wisconsin State Capitol.

Electric car manufacturer Tesla is pushing hard. Wisconsin residents currently buying Tesla electric vehicles must move to another state at a nearby Tesla distributor in northern Illinois or Minnesota. Al Gore III, the son of former US Vice President Tesla, told the court that allowing EV direct production in Wisconsin would be an invention.

“In America, innovation is about design, not just engineering and construction, but marketing, innovation, and people,” said Gore.

Two-thirds of the U.S. states allow direct sales. But big car manufacturers like Ford, GM and Toyota are trying to prevent change.

Josh Fisher, a member of the Alliance for Innovation, said that when traditional car manufacturers start producing more EVs, they do not want to upset the existing distribution network.

“The bill puts the manufacturers at risk of suing the distributors if the shop owned by the manufacturer operates in the same market area as the same trader. Wisconsin law already has a provision that allows merchants to oppose any change in the system fairly. For vehicle placement, ”said Fisher.

Fisher also said the bill would discriminate against hybrid electric vehicles with gas tanks and motors that allow longer driving between battery charges.

The Wisconsin Automobile and Truck Dealers Association directly opposes the sale. If the association’s president, Bill Seppik, passes away, do not expect anything from the manufacturer’s retail price (MRPR) at the car-owned EV store.

“Most of the company’s stores are registered to sell their products at MSRP. Adjusted price. No negotiation. The franchise’s distribution network holds many similar product owners in close proximity to each other, enabling different vendors to be visible to consumers. This is a real free market. It benefits the consumer, and it benefits the business owner, ”Sepik said.

He argued that some septic tanks would be closed if the septic system went straight.

Proponents of the measurement controversy have fewer jobs in auto sales.

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The chairman of the Government Operations, Legal Review and Consumer Protection Committee, Dui Strobel (R-Sawville), will be questioned during the August 25 hearing.

The bill seems to have received a good response from Republicans overseeing the hearing. A few Democrats are sponsoring the measure, and RENEW is supporting it.

It could be over by the end of this year. It is unclear whether major car manufacturers and car dealerships will try to stop EV’s direct sales in Wisconsin.