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Tesla inks landmark deal with Panasonic to build Gigafactory on US soil

By Shawn Knight · 5 replies
Jul 31, 2014
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  1. Tesla has signed a deal with electronics maker Panasonic to build a massive battery production plant in the US. The Gigafactory, as it's being dubbed, will be a crucial step in the production of Tesla's upcoming Model 3 which is...

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  2. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,562   +436

    I want some affordable 18650 batteries for project use not to drive to work with.
  3. insect

    insect TS Evangelist Posts: 349   +132

    Hmm - which of these states allows Tesla to sell directly to consumers?


    So probably Nevada or California... and given the infrastructure needed for something like this, including the massive amounts of electricity required... California.

    Of course for the tax revenue, political "we did it" moment, and such the other states might turn around their backwoods ideas that cars have to be sold via dealer and invest at least as much tax money in setting up a power-plat next-door.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,611   +721

    I bet all the pollution associated with running the plan, including manufacturing batteries and procuring the materials required (mining) will be higher than all the Tesla brand electric vehicles they sell can compensate for versus the customers buying a standard econo car like a Mazda 3. In other words it would probably be greener to not produce the Tesla and those customers buy a Mazda 3.

    I look forward to a study to prove me wrong, or right...
  5. insect

    insect TS Evangelist Posts: 349   +132

    The pollution associated with spent batteries, mining, etc. will be higher. The point of electric vehicles is that Oil is a limited resource whereas electricity is a renewable resource (via solar, wind, tidal, chemical, etc.).
  6. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,307   +578

    I could be wrong but it would be hard to imagine the factory being built in California, taxes, drought, etc. being what they are. Toyota moving from Torrance, California to Plano, Texas should convince Tesla/Panasonic. I don't know where they will go but just not California.

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