The idea that a Tesla is not an American car is not just a myth, but is surprisingly common. It can even be problematic. A Tesla owner received a parking ticket because of this myth. The reader reports that a parking attendant at the General Motors assembly plant in Missouri fined the owner of a Tesla parked there. The post claimed the car was “foreign in a domestic lot,” meaning the Tesla vehicle was not made in the United States. The parking lot is reserved for “American-made cars”.
The article noted that the parking ticket had been shared in a Facebook group. At this time, this message is not available, and it could be due to changing the privacy settings of the group or the user. The article also noted that some automakers have brand-specific parking and that GM is one of those that does. GM has made the following statement to The reader:
“Wentzville, like many of our manufacturing sites, has a parking policy and designated parking locations for GM vehicles, non-GM domestic vehicles and foreign nameplates.
“Factory security inadvertently thought the Tesla was a foreign car and wrote a ticket accordingly. “
GM also told The Drive that these tickets did not come with a financial penalty, only a warning.
Tesla Model 3 The most American car of 2021
Ironically, not only is Tesla an American automaker, but Cars.com recently crowned Tesla’s Model 3 as the Most American Car of 2021. Tesla has a factory in Shanghai and is building one in Germany, which might confuse anyone. ‘one who is not familiar with the brand, but Tesla’s first factories were built here in the United States and the company is also headquartered here. However, some people are still unfamiliar with Tesla, or might well think that it is one of the many exotic European brands that wealthy Americans sometimes buy.
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