Mississippi legislators passed a bill banning direct, in-person sales of electric vehicles within the state, which was signed into law by Governor Tate Reeves despite calls for a veto from within his own Republican party. The legislation prohibits electric vehicle makers from owning their own physical points of sale in the state, holding them to the same restrictions as traditional auto manufacturers.
However, the law includes two caveats:
- Online sales are allowed
- Companies that directly own one dealership, have owned a dealer license since August of 2021, and only sell electric vehicles can continue doing business.