Tesla CEO Elon Musk (photographed left) said today that Tesla wouldn’t expect to oppose development — including a major league ballpark – on the remainder of the NUMMI site.
Here’s what he said:
“Tesla doesn’t have any objection as long as it doesn’t impact production of vehicles, which I don’t think a ballpark would.”
He added that a shopping center and offices also shouldn’t be any problem. Housing, on the other hand, could be an issue. “I wonder if it might be annoying (for residents) to have an auto plant in their back yard.”
The key for Tesla production is maintaining access the rail corridor, Musk said.
So it seems that Toyota will sell the plant to Tesla and still be able to sell the vacant land north of the plant to developers.
- Tesla and Toyota first discussed the deal six weeks ago, during which time Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda visited Musk’s home and took a Tesla test drive. The deal was consumated yesterday
- Tesla plans to start producing cars (about 20,000 a yer) in 2012
- Tesla is neutral on organized labor. It wouldn’t fight union activity
- The state is giving Tesla a break on sales tax for purchasing plant equipment.