“Don’t wanna lose it, It’s electric, Boogie woogie woogie, But you can’t choose it.”
-Marcia Griffiths, “Electric Slide”
The advancement in engineering and technology has skyrocketed recently. There have always been predictions of where the world would be during a certain time period, mostly portrayed in film and set far into the 2000’s. We’re all waiting for Minority Report-influenced transportation.
Tesla Motors plans to unveil an updated line of electric vehicles that are pointing the automobile world in a more futuristic direction. To meet their expected 2015 launch, the company hopes to open the world’s largest lithium-ion battery factory somewhere amongst the deserted areas of Western America (Wang, 2014). Someone has some competition.
Meep meep is right, Roadrunner. The “gigafactory” is estimated to cost $5 billion to construct, and with the help of Panasonic, will hastily grow production and development of their vehicles as they prepare for their prediction of everyone using way too much electricity instead of gas within the next decade or so (Wang, 2014).
The plant is projected to span over 500 to 1000 acres including hundreds of solar panels. The motor company hopes to eventually build 500,000 cars per year by 2020, and also develop technology to cut costs for their kilowatt-hour and gigawatt-hour battery packs (Wesoff, 2014). Let the power outages begin for one lucky state. They should visit each region of the United States to make sure everyone does in fact want an electric car because it seems like they plan to build one for every person in the nation very quickly. However, there’s already another Tesla that tours so it may get confusing.
The finalists for the gigafactory are: Texas, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. Please state your case.
Texas- “Everything’s bigger in Texas, partner, and we can hook you up with as much oil as ya’ll need! Wait, what’s an electric car? I reckon that’s some form of magic that won’t be tolerated here.”
Arizona- “All of your employees are American citizens right? If not, we need to explain something to you. Oh, and don’t die of dehydration or heatstroke. That shit sucks.”
Nevada- “I swear der’ll be anotha gold rush I tell ya, ya’ll will see. We can take dem nuggets o’er to Vegas and double our earnins’ and build anotha one of dem gigi plants right next to tha mines. That’s if we don’t waste our money on dem fine prostitutes, uh heh heh.”
New Mexico- “This land is sacred to our people and you are forbidden to make money off of it. It is only to be used for the earth’s creatures to roam and for the plants to bloom, oh, and that casino over there. Ask this gentleman and he will explain.”
In all seriousness (that’ seriously how people talk though), each finalist has a strong case. Texas has ideal access to wind power; however, direct sales of Tesla cares are banned in the Lone Star State (reference above statement from Texan), Arizona is vastly growing and other trendy businesses focused on the future of technology like Apple are building plants there, and Nevada’s open land is in close proximity to a rail system which plays in enormous factor for employees and overall production (Wesoff, 2014).
On the other hand, New Mexico provides Tesla with the opportunity to pay employees with cash at a reasonable price for reasonable work. Okay, that’s not entirely true, but the Land of Enchantment has plenty of open land not owned by Native-Americans for wind and solar power, forgotten industrialism across the state, government resources, low costs of production, and plenty of people that are looking for employment. Tesla Motors is about to create over 6,000 jobs with the opening of their factory (Wesoff, 2014). Governor Susanna Martinez needs to offer more than just a legislative session to impress Tesla; let’s work to get work so the state is more than a rest stop during travel to bigger and more advanced cities.
Wherever Tesla decides to build their gigafactory it will certainly boost that state’s economy and greatly assist in much needed employment. On the hand, it’s very realistic that they will just stay in California anyway so people shouldn’t get their hopes up. They can just not buy Tesla cars to show their bitterness.
Wang, U. (2014). Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/uciliawang/2014/05/07/tesla-makes-fast-move-to-build-two-giant-battery-factories-simultaneously/ on May 9, 2014
Wesoff, E. (2014). Retrieved from http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/Teslas-5B-Giga-Battery-Factory-and-Deep-Politics-in-AZ-TX-NV-and-NM on May 9.2014