26 May '14, 1pm

Tesla Motors is California’s Biggest Auto Employer

Tesla Motors is California’s Biggest Auto Employer

It’s all part of Tesla’s rapid expansion, as it gears up for higher sales, more vehicles, greater battery production and expansion into China. It’s also beneficial for California itself, as high labor and energy costs and strict environmental guidelines are seeing some manufacturing industry companies — such as Toyota — jump to other states. Industrial power rates in the state are 55% higher than the US average, said California Manufacturers & Technology Association spokesman Gino DiCaro. Workers are also paid more, and getting clearance to expand or open factories can be time-consuming and expensive. In recent decades, the state has concentrated more on technology, defense and aerospace, rather than car production — but Tesla is a good fit for California and has brought manufacturing back at its Fremont plant — previously co-owned by GM and Toyota.

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