Could Stockton be the home of that much-sought-after Tesla battery factory?

The LA Times quotes experts as saying the Central Valley city is shaping up as the lead, in-state contender for the 6,500 worker, $5 billion project.

It has plenty of industrial-zoned property, a large port and major freeway acess.

Moreover, it's an hour's drive from an assembly line in Fremont and 15 minutes to a new parts facility in Lathrop.

The electric car maker's Elon Musk had once said California is a "long shot" for the factory due to red tape.

Four other states are vying for it, as well.