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Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Entice Tesla Plant to California

 
Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Entice Tesla Plant to California
Posted June 5th, 2014 @ 1:24pm by KFBK News - Mike Simpson

State senators Ted Gaines and Darrell Steinberg have introduced a bill aimed at enticing Tesla Motors to build its planned battery factory here in California.  

Gaines says the bipartisan legislation would offer financial incentives and ease certain environmental regulations for a new $5 billion electric car battery plant.

"We're trying to clear the way from a regulatory standpoint," Gaines said. 

Tesla's so-called "Gigafactory" is expected to employ about 6,500 people. And that could mean 6,500 new jobs in California. 

The company's Elon Musk has previously said California is a long shot in a bidding war, because of state regulations.

Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Nevada are also in the running.

"I say it's game on. And let's take them on and beat them at their own game," Gaines said.

The $5 billion battery plant is expected to open in 2017.

The timeline for Tesla is a short one and California has to be ready to go, Gaines said. 

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