Tesla Nixes Plans for Battery Factory in California

Tesla's $5 billion battery factory won't be built in California.

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    The batteries will not be built in California.

    Tesla Motors will look to other states, possibly in the Southwest, for the location of its $5 billion- and 6,500-worker battery factory, according to the Los Angeles Times.

    The factory will require as much as 1,000 acres. A suitable site is not in California, but Tesla and the office of Gov. Jerry Brown both declined to say why the Golden State didn't fit the bill.

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    Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas are all candidates for the battery plant, the newspaper reported.