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Mississippi’s State Senate furthers a bill to prevent electric car dealerships

The Mississippi State senate recently approved a bill that will prevent electric car manufacturers from opening up their own dealerships in the state. 

The amendment clarifies that EV manufacturers can’t bypass Mississippi’s dealership requirements, which will prevent any physical locations from being opened in Mississippi by EV producers. However, the rule makes an exception for Tesla, which has one location in Brandon, Mississippi. 

This is the most recent incident in a prolonged dispute between traditional dealerships and EV dealerships, who want to prevent new EV makers from establishing their own more straightforward sales processes despite the fact that customers have expressed higher satisfaction with these new sales processes than with traditional dealerships.

Meanwhile, Tesla and other companies have found ways to purchase a vehicle in a different state, then deliver them in the state. Which makes it more challenging for the state’s residents to purchase an EV. 

Like in most states, conventional auto dealers were behind the new legislation, which Republican Senator Brice Wiggins dubbed a “protectionist” move. Another senator, Republican Joey Fillingane, acknowledged Mississippi’s position and the threat that this bill poses to keep the state there: “The last to change is us. If we’re not careful, we can deny our citizens opportunities that they really shouldn’t be denied.”

Mississippi does not offer a statewide incentive for the purchase of EV, but it does charge an annual tax of $150 on them, which is much higher than the taxation that would be applied to a hypothetically comparably efficient gas vehicle. This fee is roughly equal to the amount in gas taxes that a gas vehicle with comparable efficiency would pay if it drove 100,000 miles per year.

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Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell is a staff writer/reporter for CBT News. She is a recent honors cum laude graduate with a BFA in Mass Media from Valdosta State University. Jaelyn is an enthusiastic creator with more than four years of experience in corporate communications, editing, broadcasting, and writing. Her articles in The Spectator, her hometown newspaper, changed how people perceive virtual reality. She connects her readers to the facts while providing them a voice to understand the challenges of being an entrepreneur in the digital world.

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