Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Work halts on reported Tesla Gigafactory site in Nevada

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Work has reportedly stopped at a site in
Nevada thought to be for Tesla's Gigafactory

The mystery of where the first of Tesla's $5 billion Gigafactory battery plants will be built has deepened as work on a reported site in Nevada has stopped.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reported Sunday that work on a site at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center in Storey County, Nevada, had been underway for three weeks with equipment clearing the land for what was reported to be the Gigafactory.

That changed in the past couple days, though, as work has been halted on the site.

"They have moved more than 3 million cubic yards of dirt," developer Lance Gilman told the Gazette-Journal. "The pad is 85 percent complete. It may well be they have reached a transition point and will go into a second phase. There will be more to come next week."

But work on the site may have been permanently stopped, the website Transportevolved.com said. Work on the site had been going 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the website said.

The website said it was told that the site has either been temporarily or indefinitely closed and workers laid off.

Dallas is one of the locations in five southwestern states reportedly being considered for the factory that could create 6,500 jobs.

The Palo Alto, California-based electric car maker isn’t talking about its plans, but has stated that it would break ground on more than one location before picking a final location.

California recently joined Texas, New Mexico, Nevada and Arizona in the race for the Gigafactory when it passed special tax breaks for Tesla.

Sources have told the DBJ that Tesla has its eye on a 700-acre site off Interstate 45 in southeast Dallas County. The site has easy access to Interstates 45, 35 and 20 with $200 million worth of infrastructure planned in the region.

Lance Murray- Dallas Business Journal