For the past couple months, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas have all been jockeying to be the state that wins Tesla’s planned $5 billion Gigafactory.
In fact, it seemed like every day one state muscled its way to the head of the pack, only to be trounced the next day by news from another state that they were the leader.
Now it seems like two states might claim victor to Elon Musk and company’s prized lithium-ion battery plant. And this news is coming courtesy of Musk himself.
“We want to minimize the risk for the Gigafactory to get up and running,” Musk told Bloomberg News, adding that Tesla will announce locations in “at least two” states. “What we are going to do is move forward with more than one state, at least two, all the way to breaking ground, just in case there’s last-minute issues. The number one thing is we want to minimize the risk timing for the Gigafactory to get up and running.”
This news must sound exciting to all four states, but further inspection of Musk’s comments prove that it might not be gravy just yet for two states. It sounds like he’s just hedging his bets, keeping two options open to ensure that the Gigafactory is indeed a reality.
Whatever the case, those 6,500 jobs will be a much-needed boon to the economy of whichever state (or states) lands the prized Gigafactory so Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada must all be on pins and needles waiting to see what the rogue billionaire has up his sleeves.