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Tesla Motors May Choose San Joaquin County For New Battery Factory Location


Nevada, Texas, and New Mexico have been listed as possible sites for Tesla's multi-billion dollar battery factory. But some experts are giving San Joaquin County the edge in the competition.

Tesla has already begun work on a manufacturing plant in the San Joaquin County city of Lathrop which will employ 100 people.

The electric car maker is still looking for a site for its battery plant that would employ 6,500 and experts say San Joaquin County could be a good fit.

San Joaquin Partnership President Mike Ammann says Tesla's main assembly plant would only be an hour away.

"There is no better distribution center in Northern California than San Joaquin USA and we can move things internationally, there's company after company that locates here simply because of the logistics," Ammann says.

Ammann says 60,000 commuters from San Joaquin County commute to jobs in the Bay Area and the Silicon Valley so the labor force is in place.

Amman says Tesla needs 500 acres for its plant.

San Joaquin County has that land available and shovel ready for construction. 

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Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio 

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