Greater Milwaukee Today/The Waukesha Freeman | May 25, 2021

MADISON — A bill circulated Monday in the Wisconsin Legislature by state Sen. Dale Kooyenga, R-Brookfield, and state Rep. Adam Neylon, R-Pewaukee, would allow electric vehicle manufacturers to sell their vehicles directly to consumers.

The Kooyenga-Neylon bill would enable electric vehicle manufacturers to sell directly to consumers in Wisconsin either online or at manufacturer-owned dealerships, without the need to go through a traditional dealership.

Under current law, vehicle manufacturers are prohibited from operating or controlling a motor vehicle dealership in Wisconsin or selling cars directly to consumers. “Originally meant to protect dealerships from losses they may face after investing in inventory, this law has become obsolete and will increasingly limit consumer options in the future as consumers become even more comfortable with online buying,” reads a press release from Kooyenga and Neylon.

That release cites retail sales increasing 39.1% over the past year and one study showing 33% of new car purchases will be conducted online in the U.S. by 2035.

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