CA lawmaker hopes to lure Tesla buyers for visits with tax exemption

Tesla Motors is an American automotive company that designs electric cars and manufactures them in California. They cost $100,000 or more. They also can catch on fire. A senator in California believes that a tax credit on purchasing one of these cars (in his state) is enough to lure you there for a visit. Yes, he’s a democrat.
According to the Sacramento Bee, Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) is pursuing a bill that would eliminate the sales tax on new automobiles manufactured in California for out-of-state buyers. His goal is to spur a business of “industrial tourism,” attracting customers who come for the car and stay to see the sites.
A small group of electric vehicle companies fall under the provisions of Senate Bill 680 – primarily Tesla, which is in Wieckowski’s district and sponsored the legislation.
Wieckowski says it’s not a handout to Tesla, which already ships tens of thousands of its vehicles each year to customers outside California that only pay registration fees and sales taxes in their home states. Rather, he hopes that, price being equal, those people may feel drawn to come pick up their new rides in person, as some luxury automobile buyers do in Europe.
We think that California is an attraction. We think that people want to go down to a Tesla factory to see it,” Wieckowski said. “The government can be an incubator for these ideas.”
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Kevin Lankford
Kevin Lankford

The current glut in oil and dropping prices at the gas pumps should be ample proof that the past oil shortage claims were all fraud perpetrated to gouge consumers. People should have also learned by now that oil does not come from dead dinosaurs. I would think this should be incentive enough to revitalize the U.S. auto industry, do away with foreign imports, and demand true stabilization of oil prices while reducing imported foreign oil and utilizing our own resources. All in benefit of our own economy. Instead the talk is on raising gasoline taxes, further pandering of the faux… Read more »

Dr. Eowyn

“The current glut in oil and dropping prices at the gas pumps should be ample proof that the past oil shortage claims were all fraud”
Ditto that!

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu

You must admit that is a really good looking car considering that it is electric. Now, all they need to do is address the problem of it catching fire. Although it is a beautiful car . . . it’s a little out of my price range.


Tens of thousands, really? A hundred thousand dollar car that can catch fire? Seriously? Did they finally fix that little problem if you let the car battery completely die, the car had to be taken in for a complete new battery system costing about $15,000.
Are they getting Tax breaks for touting Ca.?


Its all been a lie.


LOL – Yeah, I’ll be sure and buy one of these grossly over-priced rolling sh*tboxes when I decide I want to burn my house to the ground.