Tesla is going to make electric cars at the NUMMI site. Apparently, it’ll create 800 to 1,200 jobs. Press conference 5 p.m. at Tesla Headquarters in Palo Alto.
“We’ll be very happy to have the first electric cars here,” Mayor Wasserman said.
By the way, the mayor says he can’t attend the news conference. Standing in for him will be?
You guessed it, Councilmember Bob Wieckowski. Good timing for him.
By DAISY NGUYEN
Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An official who’s been negotiating with Tesla Motors Inc. to open an auto factory in Downey says the carmaker has chosen to partner with Toyota to build electric cars at the former NUMMI plant in Fremont.
Downey Councilman Mario Guerra says Tesla CEO Elon Musk called him Thursday to announce the decision.
A call to Tesla has not been immediately returned. However, Tesla is planning a 5 p.m. news conference with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at its Palo Alto office. Neither side has said what will be discussed.
A Toyota spokesman declined to comment.
Guerra says the Downey City Council was about to vote on a lease deal with Tesla. He says Musk was apologetic that the deal fell through.