Tesla To Build Sedan in CA, Not NM

Frank Williams
by Frank Williams
tesla to build sedan in ca not nm

It looks like New Mexico's SOL. The Land of Enchantment tempted Tesla with a $7m incentive package ( or was that $20m?) to locate the plant for their sometime-or-other upcoming electric sedan. Despite a big announcement from the then-governor's office, Tesla's changed their mind. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the electric car [s]manufacturer[/s] promoter will announce today that they've chosen the Bay Area as the ertswhile production site for the vehicle formerly known as WhiteStar, in honor of the owners of the ill-fated Titanic (as far as we know). What swung the deal in the favor of the Golden Gate State? Well, besides the governator placing an order for his own $100k toy, Tesla will get a sales tax exemption on purchasing manufacturing equipment and grants for training new employees. The company says they'll start production of the $60k sedan (when else but) in 2010– even though there doesn't seem to be even any concept drawings of the new car.Time to revive the Tesla Birth Watch?

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  • Rtz Rtz on Jun 30, 2008

    Car 5, Where Are You?

  • Doug Doug on Jun 30, 2008
    rtz : Car 5, Where Are You? Perhaps you meant, "Car 54"??

  • Rtz Rtz on Jun 30, 2008

    I did. But I was inferring/implying to the yet to be delivered 5th roadster.

  • TomAnderson TomAnderson on Jul 01, 2008

    Oh boy! I wonder, a couple years from now, what we'll find out my tax money paid for: Hookers? Blow? All I know is, it ain't gonna be no electric sedan! Thanks in advance, Arnie!