Thursday, March 6, 2014

Tesla Battery Factory in Lubbock - Fat Chance!

(The photo of the no-longer-in-production Tesla Roadster from the KCBD article)

The buzz around the office today comes from an article on about the possibility that Tesla Motors could locate its massive new battery plant here in the Hub City. If you read it almost closely you will find no concrete info saying that Tesla has shown any interest in Lubbock, and if you do the slightest amount of research you will see that Texas has aggressively worked to keep Tesla from selling its vehicles in Texas.

I would love to see Tesla (or any electric vehicle manufacturer) set up camp in this area, and we definitely have some virtues to entice them, but the Texas Legislature and Texas Auto Dealers Association have been a huge thorn in Tesla's side. Elon Musk, Tesla Motors' CEO, even addressed the Texas legislature on the subject, but his requests fell on deaf ears.

Another fact that the article failed to address is that Tesla is looking at four possible states for the plant, and the other two (Arizona and Nevada) have some of the same advantages that Texas is claiming and both states are located closer to Tesla's production site in California. 

Here is the article from KCBD.

And here is a more realistic article from Forbes about the possibility of Tesla setting up in Texas.

Yes, anything is possible, but this one is a long shot.

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