Tesla plans San Jose manufacturing site for electric car

Tesla plans San Jose manufacturing site for electric car

Summary: San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed has convinced green car maker Tesla Motors to build a proposed $250 million facility in north San Jose, adding approximately 1,000 clean-tech jobs to his community by 2010. The deal will be disclosed today during a press conference in California.

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San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed has convinced green car maker Tesla Motors to build a proposed $250 million facility in north San Jose, adding approximately 1,000 clean-tech jobs to his community by 2010. The deal will be disclosed today during a press conference in California.

The first phase will see Tesla locate a manufacturing facility for its electric cars on an 89-acre site near the San Jose Water Pollution Control Plant. The proposed assembly line is projected to begin producing electric sedans in late 2010, and will employ about 1,000 people when it is fully operational, according to the city. Eventually, the company plans to move its entire research and development team, and headquarters operations to San Jose, bringing another 525 jobs into the community by 2012.

Mayor Reed says San Jose's ability to accommodate Tesla's aggressive construction schedule as well as its 10-point Green Vision plan for the surrounding community were critical in the negotiations. The proposal must still be approved by the San Jose council in a meeting on Oct. 7, according to the mayor.

San Jose has pledged to create 25,000 clean-tech jobs over the course of its 15-year Green Vision (the plan was announced last year). So far, there are about 2,000 clean-tech jobs in the area, including 500 positions related to the solar industry that were created within the past year. "I think this will be one of the earliest goals we meet," Mayor Reed says.

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  • If only we the normal people

    could afford one!
    Jim Blaine - Bellingham WA.
  • RE: Tesla plans San Jose manufacturing site for electric car

    This is a major move being missed by the so-called news media. An *American* firm with American technology building energy-sensible automobiles in America with American workers. Duh! Where is major *American* news coverage? Driving their Buicks over to look at Sarah Palin's cleavage probably.

    Go to Tesla's site and educate yourself with what's really important:
    http://www.teslamotors.com/index.php
    Transdermal
    • Well... she does have nice cleavage!

      :) Sorry couldn't resist.
      Jim Blaine - Bellingham WA.
  • 32 hours needed to charge Tesla using 15-amp 110 volt outlet

    http://blogs.edmunds.com/straightline/2008/07/32-hours-needed-to-charge-tesla-using-15-amp-110-volt-outlet.html

    And only $109,000 for half my current driving range!
    Poptech
    • lol

      Why don't you take a drive to Deeeeee-troit and pick up a nice F150 in the rust belt.

      Electric is the future. Once cars are electric, you can get the energy from anywhere solar, wind, nuclear, coal or gas.

      That's reason enough to switch. Why would anyone want to willingly be held hostage by middle eastern terrorists and oil companies by driving a car that can only get it's energy one way.
      croberts
      • Held Hostage by Canada?

        I actually prefer Japanese cars but I also prefer to fill up in under 3 minutes and have a driving range over 400 miles per tank.

        You seem to be confused about where our energy comes from...

        - Only 44% of U.S. oil imports come from OPEC (EIA)
        - Only 16% of U.S. oil imports come from the Middle East (EIA)
        - The largest supplier of oil to the U.S. is Canada (EIA)
        - The second largest supplier of oil to the U.S. is Mexico (EIA)

        Myths About Breaking Our Foreign Oil Habit (The Washington Post)
        http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/10/AR2008011002452_pf.html
        Poptech
        • So you prefer to

          stay in the 19th century and continue to damage the environment as well as increase health issues across the nation?

          Sorry but many of us would really like to move into the 21st century, reduce pollution, reduce environmental impact and start living more healthy and harmonious lives. The ICE is outdated and inefficient. As is the oil industry.

          The truth is renewable, sustainable energy is the future. It's time we stop diddling around and move forward. Oh, and you prose about filling up in 3 minutes and having a 400 mile range.

          1. How far do you commute to work each way?
          2. How many hours does your automobile sit parked?
          3. How fast are you traveling on a freeway during rush hour?
          4. Can you car pass smog?
          5. What is your maintenance bill?

          The bottom line is simple you can charge your car while you are working an 8-12 hour day. You can charge your car while you are sleeping. You maintenance is cut to almost nothing with an electric car (this was proven with the GM EV1 and is still being proven daily with the Toyota Prius). That means more money in your pocket and less into an object that as soon as you drive it off the lot is worth less than you paid for it.

          If you are only commuting 20-40 miles each way a day then an electric car is an excellent solution. The fact is it's inevitable, right now we are in the throes of change. Kind of hurts a bit but the change will occur. Especially when the markets start to calm down.
          Jim Blaine - Bellingham WA.
  • Bad Location=Dumb CEO

    Why would any responsible CEO decide to build a manufacturing plant in one of the most expensive real estate locations in the country in a county with a very high labor cost? If they are really serious about this venture for the long term (and not just burning through their venture capital money), manufacturing should be located in a more cost effective location. There are plenty of them throughout the US. Obviously, this company is a member of the "more money than brains club".
    Jim__J