In the Keystone State, the compromise number between zero and unlimited is five, apparently. Pennsylvania's Senate applied that math in an attempt to resolve the issue of allowing Tesla Motors to operate company-owned stores in the state. The senate this week unanimously voted for a bill that will allow Tesla's operations, but placed a limit on the number of stores at five. The bill will now go to the state's House for approval, according to Automotive News.
Earlier this month, trade group the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers went on record against the lack of limits on Tesla-owned stores in Pennsylvania. While the group was neutral on the issue of whether Tesla could work around the traditional third-party dealership network to sell its electric vehicles, the group said allowing Tesla to own an unlimited number of stores in the state created an unfair advantage for the California-based automaker.
The trade group is now on board with bill as currently drafted because the store limit is similar to that of nearby states such as Ohio and New York. Tesla has one store in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, with another slated for Devon.
*UPDATE: Diarmuid O'Connell, Tesla's vice president of corporate and business development, wrote in an e-mail to AutoblogGreen that the company was "pleased" with the Pennsylvania's senate vote, and that the state's bill "serves the interests of Pennsylvania's consumers while enabling all parties, including lawmakers and auto dealers, to avoid unnecessary and potentially protracted conflict."