It’s official: Despite many thinking that Arizona and Texas might be out of consideration for Tesla’s $5 billion Gigafactory, both are still being considered, according to a Tesla spokeswoman.
“The original four states — Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Nevada — are still in the running, and those are the only states we are considering for the Tesla Gigafactory,” said Alexis Georgenson, Tesla spokeswoman.
The news comes after Tesla was unsuccessful in changing laws that would allow direct sales to consumers in both Texas and Arizona.
Even Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer told reporters she thought Arizona was definitely out after failing to win a vote in the Legislature to change auto sales rules just last week. Georgenson said Tesla will try to change Arizona officials’ minds in 2015.
A number of possible locations are being bandied about for the site, which would create 6,500 jobs and produce more lithium-ion batteries than ever before. Cities being considered include: San Antonio, Tucson, Pinal County and Buckeye in Arizona; Reno, Nev.; and Albuquerque, N.M.