Updated: 03/06/2014 11:34 AM |
Created: 03/06/2014 11:30 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com
Electric car maker Tesla is considering New Mexico as one of four possible locations for its new gigafactory, and the state's congressional leaders are trying to give the Land of Enchantment an edge.
Both state senators and all three representatives wrote a letter to Tesla CEO Elon Musk last week. In the letter, the lawmakers boast that New Mexico's workers are among the most "skilled, well-trained and educated in the nation."
The congressional delegation also referenced the work of Sandia and Los Alamos laboratories in developing fuels and energy technologies of the future and discussed the high-quality universities in the state, including the University of New Mexico, New Mexico Tech and New Mexico State University.
"As you carefully consider your options, we want you to know that we are always available to answer any questions or assist you in your consideration of locating your planned factory in New Mexico," the delegation wrote. "Further, we invite you to visit New Mexico as our guest; we would love to show you all that the Land of Enchantment has to offer in person."
Tesla says it plans to start building the battery factory this year, which would employ around 6,500 people. The factory would be completed by 2017.
Texas, Arizona and Nevada are also in the running for the factory site.