Bill would allow Tesla to sell cars in N.J.

Electric-car company Tesla Motors might stay plugged in in New Jersey.

An Assembly committee on Thursday is scheduled to consider a bill that would allow electric car manufacturers to sell vehicles directly to residents. The companies would be required to operate maintenance facilities in the state.

The bill comes months after the state Motor Vehicle Commission implemented regulations that require new-car dealers to have franchise agreements before they can be licensed.

The rules effectively prohibit Tesla from using its direct-sales model.

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The California-based company has been selling cars at two locations in New Jersey for about two years. Its electric cars retail for around $60,000 before incentives.

An industry group that represents new-car dealers claims Tesla’s business model stifles competition and limits buyers’ access to warranty and safety recalls.

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