Nevada Selected As Tesla Battery Gigafactory Site

Tesla on display.
A Tesla Roadster on public display at a Japan-based showroom. It is also being charged. (Photo: Wikipedia).

Posted by Heidi Schwartz

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Elon Musk, Chairman and CEO of Tesla Motors, have announced that Nevada has been selected as the official site for the Tesla Gigafactory. The BBC reports, “The plant is to be located in an industrial park in Storey County, about 15 miles east of Reno, an area that currently has a population of around 4,000.”

“This is great news for Nevada. Tesla will build the world’s largest and most advanced battery factory in Nevada which means nearly one hundred billion dollars in economic impact to the Silver State over the next 20 years. I am grateful that Elon Musk and Tesla saw the promise in Nevada. These 21st century pioneers, fueled with innovation and desire, are emboldened by the promise of Nevada to change the world. Nevada is ready to lead,” stated Sandoval.

“I would like to recognize the leadership of Gov. Sandoval and the Nevada Legislature for partnering with Tesla to bring the Gigafactory to the state. The Gigafactory is an important step in advancing the cause of sustainable transportation and will enable the mass production of compelling electric vehicles for decades to come. Together with Panasonic and other partners, we look forward to realizing the full potential of this project,” said Elon Musk, Chairman and CEO of Tesla Motors.

“On behalf of the State of Nevada, I would like to acknowledge this monumental day and provide my initial support. This is a significant opportunity to make a major stride to improve our statewide economy,” stated Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick.