Tesla confirms that Reno is in the running for its massive battery factory

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In Tesla’s letter to shareholders on Thursday, the electric car company confirmed rumors that it did indeed break ground in June in Reno, Nevada, on a potential site for its massive battery factory. But the Reno site — called the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center — is just one option for the battery factory. Tesla has long said it will break ground on multiple sites as it decides where to locate the factory later this year.

Tesla is also looking at sites in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas. The $5 billion factory will be developed with the help of Panasonic, who will invest in the battery manufacturing equipment. The factory will eventually supply enough batteries for 500,000 electric cars by 2020.

Given Tesla is breaking ground on numerous sites at the same time, it’s hard to evaluate how much of a chance it’ll end up in Reno. But there’s been otherĀ reports that have said that the construction at the Reno site was halted all of a sudden because milestones had been missed.

Tesla needs to move at such a rapid pace because it needs the batteries from the future factory for its Model 3 car. As the letter said:

Any potentially duplicative investments are minor compared to the revenue that could be lost if the launch of Model 3 were affected by any delays at our primary Gigafactory site.

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