Electric carmaker Tesla Motors today formally locked down its alliance with Japanese electronics giant Panasonic, the two confirming they will move ahead on a planned $5 billion “Gigafactory” that is expected to become the world’s largest lithium-ion battery plant.
Tesla had earlier announced plans to build the Gigafactory, which it said was essential to its goal of taking battery cars to a more mainstream market segment with the launch of its $35,000 Model 3 later this decade.
The partners revealed a number of new details about the battery plant as it confirmed signing a deal with Panasonic, but one fact remains unknown: where the Gigafactory will be built. The maker is considering five states for the project, which will eventually employ as many as 6,500 workers: Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas. (more…)