Tesla Motors is going to need to expand production to hit its goal of selling a $35,000 electric vehicle by 2017, and as rumored, today it's announcing plans for a new plant in Nevada that will help it get there. Several states were in the running to host the "Gigafactory" (and its 6,500~ jobs) but Elon Musk and Co. have chosen to put down roots in the Reno area. According to local papers like the Reno Gazette-Journal, that's why Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval will ask the state legislature to approve a $1.25 billion tax incentive package to make the deal stick. According to Elon Musk, the factory will use solar, wind and geothermal energy to produce all of the energy it needs as a "net zero energy factory." As seen above, it's supposed to produce 50 GWh in annual battery production by 2020, enough to power 500,000 of Tesla's cars. The deal is being announced right now at a press conference, check out the live video after the break to follow along (update: the live stream appears to have died, but Jason Hidalgo of the Reno Gazette-Journal is live tweeting Musk's statements).
Nevada selected as official site for Tesla battery Gigafactory: http://t.co/T2TwWT3gi8- Tesla Motors (@TeslaMotors) September 4, 2014
Gigafactory confirmed for Nevada. pic.twitter.com/1vGucDJ8fY- Tesla Motors (@TeslaMotors) September 4, 2014