Tucson Tries To Get Tesla Gigafactory

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Recent Tesla news is that Tucson is working to convince Tesla that it would make the best home for Tesla’s coming gigafactory. This would bring jobs of various skill levels, a promising hope for those needing employment in the area. This factory is a great addition to any area of the country that longs for sustainable (green) jobs.

The Arizona Daily Star explains some of the ways Tucson is trying to get Tesla to bring the factory and its ~6,500 jobs to Tucson:

The city of Tucson has made a formal proposal to become the home of a $5 billion “gigafactory” for lithium-ion batteries for electric cars. Tesla Motors Inc.’s planned 10 million-square-foot plant would need up to 1,000 acres of land and create about 6,500 jobs. Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild told the Star that a site near local highways and the Union Pacific Railroad mainline has already been chosen, and that the city has prepared tax incentives on top of what the Arizona state government would offer to entice Tesla.

As reported previously, Tesla’s aim is to build enough battery cells per year by 2020 for about 500,000 vehicles — more battery cells than were produced in the whole of 2013 for all uses. Be sure to check out our post on the gigafactory unveiling for more details.

Tucson knows they want to be part of Tesla’s changing the world. It wants local change in employment and a green future. But many localities want the same. We’ll have to wait and see who Tesla chooses.

Read more on related Tesla stories:

Tesla Model X Reservations Exceed 12,000

Elon Musk Says Tesla Will OfferSelf Driving Cars Within Three Years

Tesla & Panasonic Sign Lithium-Ion Battery Cell Agreement

New Tesla Patent: 400-Mile Battery Pack Using Metal-Air & Lithium-Ion Batteries

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