Recently, we reported that Tesla Motors purchased a 431,000 square-foot facility in Lathrop, California.
But, as it turns out, that's not the only chunk of land that Tesla Motors acquired recently.
Tesla's Gigafactory Graphic Omits California, A State Now Reportedly In The Running For The Massive Battery Factory.
A Tesla spokeswoman stated that Tesla signed leases for "more than 625,000 square feet of California real estate in the last two months," according to New Mexico Watchdog. This leads us to believe that there's at least one more recently acquired Tesla site in California with nearly 200,000 square feet attached to it. We have no idea where this site is or what Tesla intends to do with it, but apparently Tesla is there too.
With all this California property claimed by Tesla, there are now more rumblings of perhaps California being the front runner for the Gigafactory.
Simon Sproule, vice president for Tesla’s communications, stated:
“Yes, California has shown interest. And, yes, conversations are going on with the state."
We'll Just Go Ahead An Color California Back Into The "Gigafactory" Running
Wall Street Journal columnist, Allysia Finley, presents an entirely different take on the matter:
“We suspect Mr. Musk will ultimately decide to build the giga-factory in California and is merely stringing other states along while it negotiates the price tag in Sacramento. Liberals often complain about billionaires trying to buy state elections. Mr. Musk, on the other hand, doesn’t need to spend a cent since politicians give him so much for free.”
We assumed from the beginning that California would be in the running for the giga factory, but much to our surprise Tesla left California off the list of the 4 possible giga factory states. With Sproule saying that California is indeed in the running, perhaps Tesla should provide us with an updated graphic to show California's inclusion.
Source: New Mexico Watchdog