Tesla

Tesla Motors recently chose Nevada for its massive battery factory in exchange for one of the biggest incentives packages in recent history. The factory will be built in a rural area about an hour east of Reno with little infrastructure and years of high unemployment. Small communities are scrambling to prepare for a wave of speculators, businesses and people.

These story first aired on Morning Edition on Dec. 29, 2014.

Much like Gov. Rick Perry’s many trips to California to convince companies to relocate their business to Texas, a California state lawmakers is doing the same here, asking the electric car manufacturer Tesla to build its "gigafactory" in California rather than in Reno or San Antonio.

California state Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, said he’s not deterred by expert predictions that the electric car company will either build its gigafactory in Reno, Nevada or in San Antonio.  

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It was a secret meeting that every one heard about: Big wheels from Tesla having a sit down with local leaders. The topic: The "gigafactory" that everyone wants.

Private entreaties from CPS Energy also made public, the city may pull out all the stops to land the estimated $5 billion-$6 billion deal. 

Do we really have a shot at Tesla's "gigafactory"?

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Try to buy a Tesla in some states, and you may find yourself having to shop online. Texas and Arizona are among those that have banned direct sales of the electric vehicles. New Jersey may be next. Tesla intends to fight a ruling in the state that says it has to close its stores there by April 15.

These individual disputes could turn into bigger battles, as Tesla works on making cheaper, more mainstream models.

Tesla

Tesla Motors determines where it will manufacture the massive batteries that power their cars, and Texas is in the final four. But many question whether or not Texas’ regulations keeping the company from creating dealerships that can sell directly to consumers will also keep the company from bringing the 6500 high-paying jobs that this factory—the "Gigafactory," as they call it-- would promise. 

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