Tesla Motors applies to sell, service vehicles in Michigan

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HAWTHORNE CA - OCTOBER 09: Tesla owners take a ride in the new Tesla "D" model electric sedan after Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, unveiled the dual engine chassis of the new Tesla 'D' model, a faster and all-wheel-drive version of the Model S electric sedan, at the Hawthorne Airport October 09, 2014 in Hawthorne, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla Motors has applied for licenses to sell and service its vehicles in Michigan.

The Detroit News reports the Palo Alto, California-based electric car maker submitted applications in November to Michigan’s Secretary of State office and recently submitted follow-up information.

Secretary of state spokesman Fred Woodhams says the department is reviewing applications to sell new and used cars and a decision is expected “in the next month or two.” Under the classification, Woodhams says there must be a repair facility or agreement with a licensed repair facility.

The Associated Press sent a message seeking comment Monday from Tesla representatives.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder in 2014 signed a law clarifying that automakers can only sell through franchised dealers. The move was criticized by Tesla, which sells directly to customers.

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