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Published on June 21st, 2014 | by Andrew Meggison

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Fight For the Gigafactory: it's Getting Weird (w/ Video)

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When there are billions of dollars and thousands of jobs in the balance, things tend to get a little bit strange. Consider this: a man in Albuquerque, New Mexico is offering 400 acres of land – for free! – to Tesla Motors to build their Gigafactory on.

The Gigafactory is the brain child of Tesla Motors founder, Gas 2 hero, and nutball genius Elon Musk. The goal of Gigafactory is produce more lithium ion batteries a year then were produced worldwide in 2013 by the year 2020. The Gigafactory is a $5 billion project that comes with an estimated 6,500 jobs. New Mexico was one of four states that Tesla publicly announced could be the home of the Gigafactory with Arizona, Texas, and Nevada rounding out the four (remember that California’s considered an unofficial contender, as well).

The owner of the 400 acres of land is named John Edward, and he claims that the land is in the Albuquerque metro region with access to a major power source and railway – but there’s a problem: Forbes has estimated that to build the Gigafactory there would need to be 500 acres of land. Even though the land would be free Edwards Arches are 100 shy of the goal. Forbes estimates have not swayed Edwards in any way, however. He believes the factory, itself, will only require 230 acres, with the rest of the land being used for some type of solar infrastructure. Mr. Edwards is an insurance and real estate broker and lifelong resident of New Mexico.

Yes, things are weirding up around the Gigafactory.

Tesla is not expected to make a decision on where the Gigafactory will be built until the end of this year, so – unless something changes radically thanks to this offer from Mr. Edwards, don’t expect too much in the way of “solid” news for a while.

 

Source: KRQE News.



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Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor's Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master's Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail. You can follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewMeggison



  • Jason Carpp

    I’d take the land and build the factory if I were Musk. That means more American workers to build an American car.

    • http://www.insteading.com/ Jo Borras

      Tesla is looking for tax benefit. If they just “take” the land as a gift, they’d have to pay tax on it, instead of collect a tax benefit.

      • Jason Carpp

        So what? We all have to pay taxes on what we buy, don’t we? Why should Tesla be any different?

  • http://www.shapeways.com/shops/greendimension Tony Reyes

    With Elon calculating that several hundred gigafactories will be needed, I wouldn’t be surprised if all the candidate states eventually get several. The only question is who gets them first.

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