The drama between Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’s selection of Texas or Nevada for its battery facility may be reaching a conclusion.
Tesla eyes Dallas County for gigafactory
The Dallas News Biz Beat Blog is reporting that Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) may be looking at land in southern Dallas County as a possible location for a proposed $5-billion battery factory.
A still unidentified site in southern Dallas “may be placed under consideration” for the factory and that additional transportation improvements are needed in the area, Michael Morris, director of transportation for the Regional Transportation Council, was quoted as saying. County officials would have to confirm that they will consider the improvements, in what could be final selection negotiation considerations.
The report noted that in a letter to Rick Loessberg, director of planning and development for Dallas County, Morris said that nearly $200 million is available for transportation improvements in southern Dallas, paving the way for the plant’s US-based location.
“Bringing a new manufacturing facility to southern Dallas County represents a great opportunity to bring needed economic development to the area,” Morris said in his letter.
Competition for Tesla’s Gigafactory
The factory is anticipated to employ 6,500 people. Texas is among at least four states competing for the factory which includes Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico in addition to California, where the electric car company is based. Reports had previously said the competition was primarily between Texas and Nevada with San Antonio being mentioned most often as a site for the factory should Tesla choose Texas.
Before Dallas is too excited, Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO Elon Musk has said he will make no decision on the site until later this year and could choose to break ground in multiple locations before the decision is made.
Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price is heading up efforts to bring Tesla to Dallas, according to Rick Loessberg, head of planning and development for Dallas County, said via email.
“We are indeed working on this,” Loessberg said, “and keeping our fingers crossed.”