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The Tesla Roadster, the world's first highway-capable all electric car available in the United States (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

The Tesla Roadster, the world’s first highway-capable all electric car available in the United States (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Tesla Motors wants to show North Carolina residents why the company opposes a bill in the General Assembly that effectively blocks the Internet seller from doing business.

Tesla will show its Model S electric car Wednesday outside the legislature to tell people about its award-winning automobile and influence the outcome of a bill expected to advance in the House in the coming weeks.

The company is challenging legislation that prevents consumers from ordering cars online outside of the franchise-dealer system. State auto dealers argue those laws are in place to protect consumers. The company argues the laws simply protect monopolies.

The Senate already passed the bill unanimously.

Auto dealers have pushed lawsuits and legislation in other states to halt the company’s stores, where people can order a car online.

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