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Tesla, Panasonic Lock Down Gigafactory Deal

More details revealed about planned battery plant.

by on Jul.31, 2014

Tesla and Panasonic formally announced their plans to partner in the development of the new "Gigafactory" to make batteries for electric vehicles.

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.

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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…)