Illinois law currently requires all new vehicle sales to be handled by franchised dealers, not the automakers themselves. “We have no choice but to file this lawsuit, both to protect consumers as well as the hundreds of franchised dealers across the state who contribute to the local economy,” said Pete Sander, President of the IADA.
“Protecting consumers,” in this case and with Tesla, is a phrase used to make consumers believe they lack the knowledge on how to buy a product, in this case, electric vehicles. Both Rivian and Lucid have yet to comment on the lawsuit. Ironically enough, Rivian builds its vehicles at a converted Mitsubishi facility in Normal, Illinois.