Tesla One Step Closer to Model S Plant

Downey, CA planning commissions approves lease of 51 acres on former NASA property.

Published: 26-Mar-2010

DOWNEY, Calif. -- A Tesla electric car assembly plant is a step closer to reality in Southern California.

Downey's planning commission last week approved a plan to subdivide some property that used to be a NASA manufacturing plant and allow Tesla Motors to lease 51 acres.

The San Carlos-based carmaker has been looking for a location to build its next-generation Model S sedan, which could travel as far as 300 miles on a charge. The car is slated to go into production by late 2011 with a base price of $57,400.

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