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NM Watchdog: California may join New Mexico in the running for the Tesla battery factory


SANTA FE >> New Mexico is one of four states in the race to win a contract from Tesla Motors to build a "giga-factory" that would make batteries for the company's expensive and sporty electric cars.


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Print   Email   Font ResizeNM Watchdog: California may join New Mexico in the running for the Tesla battery factoryBy Rob NikolewskiNew Mexico WatchdogPosted:   04/30/2014 06:42:59 AM MDT var requestedWidth = 0; if(requestedWidth if(requestedWidth > 0){ document.getElementById('articleViewerGroup').style.width = requestedWidth + "px"; document.getElementById('articleViewerGroup').style.margin = "0px 0px 10px 10px"; } California may join New Mexico in the running for the Tesla battery factory SANTA FE >> New Mexico is one of four states in the race to win a contract from Tesla Motors to build a "giga-factory" that would make batteries for the company's expensive and sporty electric carsThe project promises to bring 6,500 jobs. But there are rumblings that Tesla may also be looking at California — already home to the company's headquarters — as a potential site, joining New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and Nevada in the competition. A couple of developments indicate that the Golden State may be a contender for the $5 billion factory that will make litihium-ion batteries: First, Tesla corporate officials have been quietly gobbling up a couple of parcels of land in California but won't exactly say why. As reported by the SFGate.com, Tesla has leased a 430,000 square foot facility in Lathrop, a small city due east of the Bay Area in California's Central ValleyThe building used to be a former distribution center for DaimlerChryslerTesla is based in Fremont, Calif., which is about an hour away from Lathrop. And last Tuesday, a Tesla spokeswoman said Tuesday that the company has signed leases for more than 625,000 square feet of California real estate in the last two months. The spokeswoman wouldn't say exactly what Tesla plans to do with them.Advertisement

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