Tesla Motors is the car company behind the electric Model S, of which we are fans. But along with cars, the company is also trying to innovative on the business-side, skirting the traditional third-party dealerships that act as middlemen between car companies and consumers. Instead of buying a Model S from a dealership, you can get it directly from Tesla. Unless you're in Texas, that is. If you're in Texas, you're hosed.
Texas residents can still get a car from Tesla--they'll just have to order it from out of state, and in the meantime deal with hog-tied Tesla showrooms that will show cars but can't even give potential owners a test drive. Why's that? In short, because dealerships have a lot of cash and a vested interest in the status quo, according to a new report from non-profit group Texans For Public Justice.