Lawmakers based in Michigan, who were involved in the ‘Anti-Tesla’ bill that bans Tesla from selling directly to consumers, must now surrender records of their communications with “non-legislative third parties” and lobbyists, according to a new federal judge ruling on Monday.
Good news for Tesla Motors and its CEO Elon Musk
Judge Ellen Carmody, the U.S. Magistrate, refused efforts by Republican Sen. Joe Hune of Gregory and Republican Rep. Jason Sheppard of Lambertville to provide testimony and documents served to them by Tesla. The U.S.-based electric car maker subpoenaed two Michigan lawmakers in June for their internal communication and phone records. The electric car making giant alleged that the wife of Republican Senator Joe Hune was working for a firm that is lobbying for the Michigan Automobile Dealers Association.
This statement created a conflict of interest. Attorney John Bursch, in a statement, said at that time, “Tesla is entitled to documents that evidence the intent and coordination that took place behind the scenes while the Legislature effectively gave franchised dealers a state-sponsored monopoly on car sales within Michigan – all while engineering the legislative process to steadfastly remove any public attention or scrutiny.”
The ruling of Carmody follows a statement that she made in the June hearing. She had said that communication records are “fair game”. The ruling in favor of the U.S.-based car making company will give the attorneys of the company a brief glimpse at the level of influence that strong lobbyists have on the office of the governor and state lawmakers.
New clip of Tesla’s giant Gigafactory captured by drone
From the video footage that was captured by a drone shows the latest development of the giant factory of the electric car making giant. It seems like the company is working hard at its giant Gigafactory. The factory is located in Nevada in Sparks where the electric car making produces the battery cells for its drivetrains and EVs for its Model 3, the first mass-market electric car of the automaker.
The EV making giant is aiming to hike up production of its Model 3 to some 20,000 units monthly by December and around 10K units per week in 2018, said the Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk. The U.S.-based maker must ramp up its battery cell production as well in order to meet these lofty goals.