Suitors Line Up for Tesla
- Jun 12, 2014 | Gail Cole
Governor Rick Perry wants Tesla to build its $5 billion battery factory in Texas. To prove his point, the Texas governor drove a shiny new Tesla electric vehicle to Sacramento, where Governor Jerry Brown (D) is putting together a package to win the factory for California. Upon arrival, Perry told reporters that the car would be “even prettier if it had a ‘Made in Texas’ bumper sticker.”
At stake here is not just bragging rights but the 6,500 jobs that will come with the new factory; and more than one state is willing to offer the electric car company enticing tax incentives in order to secure those jobs. Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada are also courting the factory, set to start production by 2017.
Curiously, Arizona and Texas don’t allow Tesla to sell its cars the way it wants, through its own dealers. Tesla can sell its cars as it chooses in California, New Mexico and Nevada.
Tesla Motors was founded by Silicon Valley engineers and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. If it does decamp to Texas, it won’t be the first company to do so. In April of this year, “Toyota announced it would relocate its U.S. headquarters from the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance to a Dallas suburb with $40 million in incentives.”
In addition to tax incentives, the decision by Tesla executives will be based on other factors, such as environmental reviews and duration of the approval process.
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