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Bill could hinder business of electric car company


ALBANY -- Lawmakers in Albany are considering a bill that could hurt the sale of popular electric cars sold in New York State.

The bill, that currently sits in an assembly committee, would mean the purchase of new cars from non dealers would mean the owner could not register the vehicle. It is illegal to drive an unregistered vehicle in New York State.

Telsa Motors Inc. manufacturers electric cars and sells them directly to customers through a seller not a dealer.

The company uses eight New York suppliers to produce the vehicles, a spokesman said. Tesla New York employs 35 people at three different downstate locations, added the spokesman. The bill to prohibit registering cars from non dealers is in the codes committee of the assembly.
The full package was approved by the Assembly in a 97-to-47 vote.