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#1 Posted : Friday, July 25, 2014 11:57:28 AM(UTC)

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Tesla’s proposed “gigafactory”, a massive production facility that would make batteries for the company’s electric cars, is looking for a state to call home, and you can count California among those campaigning hard to be chosen.

According to USA Today, the California state legislature is working on a bill to speed an approval process to persuade Tesla to come to the state; this follows an earlier measure designed to give Tesla property tax breaks.

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Other states in the mix include Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas. KTVU in Concord, CA reports that one nagging problem for California is that one area where the gigafactory could be built is actually a Superfund site--the Concord Naval Weapons Station--that isn’t yet completely cleaned up.

In any case, Tesla told the outlet in a statement that “California along with four other states (Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada) is still in the running for the Tesla Giga Factory however I cannot specify or confirm specific locations we are considering.”


Landing the Tesla facility would be a big deal for any state. It will be a collaborative endeavor between Tesla and other companies including Panasonic, and it will cost $5 billion to construct and create some 6,500 jobs.

More importantly, Tesla is the vanguard of a new era in automotive technology. It’s electric cars, including the Model S sedan and upcoming Model X SUV and more affordable Model 3, seem to be gaining in popularity. The company has also now completed a coast-to-coast network of its Supercharger stations, and legal hurdles preventing sales in some states are looking more and more like pathetic ploys by frightening car dealers than a legitimate threat.

It’s entirely possible that Tesla will flame out, of course--nothing is guaranteed--but if it’s successful, and if it continues its promising work making battery technology for electric cars better and cheaper, it could become one of the more important companies in America in time.
Offline Drachen  
#2 Posted : Friday, July 25, 2014 1:54:24 PM(UTC)

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Hope for the future, from this. Let's hope the project isn't tainted by any corporate greed.

Offline thabusdriv3r  
#3 Posted : Friday, July 25, 2014 2:34:27 PM(UTC)

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Campaigning? I see a huge Tesla factory in Milpitas that would be great to house this subsection to make the batteries. Northern Cali is where all the big tech companies are and I wouldn't be surprised if Tesla chose this innovative technology state. I see Tesla cars everywhere around here and it's pretty much the norm. If the batteries were made here, they probably would be cheaper for Tesla owners to do less shipping cost. We're probably one of the few states with this situation of having lots of Tesla cars, which is similar to the Bay Area once having the most Prius vehicles and now every state has them (for the most part).

Offline ThomasTaege  
#4 Posted : Friday, July 25, 2014 3:56:29 PM(UTC)

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It's always nice to see jobs being created. Especially when it's for cars that are going to help solve the issues with gas.

Offline MatthewSchwebke  
#5 Posted : Friday, July 25, 2014 6:23:00 PM(UTC)

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How can people not want this? Are they trying to stop the future? The amount of jobs bringing Tesla anywhere would be great for the community and then the amount of money saved to. Really seems like it would help more than hurt.

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