Give Tesla CEO Elon Musk credit, he's playing a strong hand when it comes to picking the location of a highly coveted battery plant.
After months of considering several sites in five states as possible locations for Tesla's new $5 billion Gigafactory, the electric car maker has made it clear one city appears to be out in front of others for landing the battery plant.
Reno, Nevada is that city.
"We've essentially completed creating the construction pad for the Gigafactory in Nevada," Musk told analysts during a conference call after posting second quarter earnings.
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The announcement was not surprising since pictures surfaced earlier this week of bulldozers and earth movers working at an industrial park south of Reno. The Reno Gazette-Journal says the area being cleared is part of the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center which has 30,000 acres still available for development. Being located near Interstate 80, just a few hours down the road from Tesla's final assembly plant in Fremont, California, the potential site makes perfect sense.
But there's a catch: Tesla says Reno is one of several possible locations for the Gigafactory. The key word there being "possible".
"Before we actually go to the next stage of pouring a lot of concrete, we want to make sure we get things sorted out at the state level, that the incentives are there that make sense for the state and for Tesla," said Musk.
With that, Musk made it clear Tesla is still driving for the best deal possible with political leaders in Nevada.