Tesla to Build “Gigafactory” in Nevada

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Tesla Motors has decided to build their “gigafactory” in Nevada, according to multiple sources Wednesday afternoon.

A Tesla representative told the LA Times: “We are in ongoing discussions … and look forward to joining the governor and members of the Legislature tomorrow”.

Nevada governor, Brian Sandoval, is expected to announce the deal Thursday in Carson City.

Tesla had been considering several sites for the 6,000+ job battery manufacturing facility, including a few in California. Some business experts had suggested Stockton would be a good spot because of its location.

In July, Tesla released a statement to shareholders saying they broke ground on a site outside Reno, Nevada that “could potentially be the location for the Gigafactory”. However, the company did not elaborate at the time and said they would not announce the final location for a few months.

It is not clear at this time if this location is the actual site of the new factory.

Tesla is headquartered in Northern California, and Governor Jerry Brown and others had lobbied to keep their new factory in state.

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