ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Here’s some promising news for the state: Tesla Motors confirms that New Mexico is a finalist for its new battery manufacturing plant.
New Mexico is one of four states in the running.
The other three are Nevada, Arizona and Texas.
The electric car maker says the massive gigafactory will employ around 6,500 people. That’s 4,500 more than first thought.
“We’ve been working for some time now in a coordinated effort to make the best case for Tesla Motors to come to the Albuquerque metro area,” said Gary Oppedahl, Albuquerque economic development director. “We are thrilled to be in the running for a site of this magnitude which has the potential for thousands of jobs with a very forward-looking company. This type of advanced technology is the perfect complement for New Mexico’s strengths.”
Tesla plans to start construction this year and complete the factory in 2017.
It expects to supply enough batteries for the 500,000 cars it hopes to make by 2020.
Read the post from Tesla’s Blog.
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