Did I hit the jackpot on this speculation contest?
If the clerk will read back the record, I think you'll find that I did. But JT already knew that:)
But, but, but.... I thought WY at first due to the lithum deposits, but then I saw the RR went through Reno and connected Fremont and WY. Then I thought about the economy in Reno, Real Estate, NV corporate laws etc.
Reno was my final answer.
You cheated off my homework!
BTW I looked up Portofino drive and it is in Sparks, NV. What a great place to build a batter factory.
WY has never been mentioned as a possible site. I hope it's in Reno because I don't think Texas deserves the plant.
Getter get Gadfly to sign off on this rumor, as the factory has to be co-located near expensive homes and golf courses in order for the executives who work there to have a short drive home to play golf...
@CZ and carlk
Let's not re-write history...
I think you'll find my dated prediction mid first page:)
Sorry to burst your bubble but the 2641 Portofino Drive permit is for a Gigi's pizza factory.
You don't need golf courses to attract executives. You need marinas and skiing. Which candidate has marinas and mountains?
Golf courses are a waste of habitat for just a few players on a course at a time.
Popcorn popper on standby.
@BH - OK, ok. I cheated off of your homework.
I guess I was more distracted by the arguments that they were going to put it next to the factory in Fremont when we already knew what that spot was designated for.
Would you accept a beer with that popcorn as an apology?
Do I get extra credit for looking up the RR?
Here is some butter for your popcorn. I couldn't agree more. Plus, factories aren't sited based upon the needs of the executives who may or may not work there. All I can say is thank goodness Tesla has intelligent and experienced people working on this project, not some of the clowns who pop in and out of these forums who think they know everything.
In their future expansion when they outgrow their current west coast facilities wouldn't it be just delicious if they opened a vehicle and gigafactory in Detroit and spurred an economic recovery in the city on the basis of EVs and their batteries? The land is basically being given away. You can almost picture the steam coming from the era of GM execs.
The real truth is that the executives do not have time for golf, skiing, boating or other activities. These folks work 24/7.
Even if they are physically there, their head is still at the factory.
That's an interesting point, @Docrob, however, not many would relocate to Detroit...
Yeah--let's meet for a beer at Chico Hot Springs when I90 is done. And the railroad part may have been your idea:)
AmpedRealtor wrote, "...not some of the clowns who pop in and out of these forums who think they know everything."
Hey! I resemble that remark!
Docrob wrote, "...wouldn't it be just delicious if they opened a vehicle and gigafactory in Detroit and spurred an economic recovery in the city on the basis of EVs and their batteries?"
The DEViL, you say? Yeah, that would be awesome... But Hollywood MS would be cool too. Lots of empty space. Some of the cheapest dirt on the planet. Easy access to/from Memphis TN.
I'm waiting for them to use the battery packs they build to power the hyperloop train to Fremont as a way of cheaply delivering the battery packs.
Wow. You've got some major issues there.
^^ The above was in response to another poster who has been flagged and removed. Please disregard.
I would still not rule out Texas as the first factory completed.
With this link/article it appears ground being broken in Nevada first and it probably will be the first factory. However, it would not surprise me if Texas rises to the challenge and competes
to get their factory built first.
This was a great tactic by Elon and company. Pit states against each other for the best monetary deal and red tape cutting. One may give the best monetary deal while the other cuts through red tape better.....It will be interesting to see which state wins...............Ultimately it does not matter as Tesla wins either way.
@AIMc Are you predicting that the Reno location would be built but batteries won't be included?
I used to work at a fire hydrant factory. Couldn't park anywhere near the place. Steven Wright
@amped; no sweat...I figured it out.
Well, it was 109 yesterday...maybe some sweat.
Sorry for being off topic, but are you seeing higher than expected vampire drain in these hot temps?
Does anyone know about pre-loading land for large sprawling construction projects?
Does the amount of time that land needs to be pre-loaded for compaction vary widely depending on the soil types and climate? I would imagine that would be true.
I drove out to Portofino Drive to see the excavation. I could not get close because there was a guard shack placed in the middle of Portofino Drive and they would not let me pass through. I asked if this was the Tesla project and the guard said "This is Project Tiger. Please go back the way you came". There were dozens of earth movers racing around the base of a hill and everybody looked very busy, even though it was almost 7pm.
Drove back to Portofino Drive about noon on July 4th thinking the workers would be taking a break, but they were still driving their equipment around and there was still a guard at the shack with the "Project Tiger" sign on it. He politely told me to get lost again. Tried to approach from the other end of Portofino, circling around USA Parkway past the Walmart and eBay warehouses, but the other end was blocked with concrete barricades and a big crane with "Trespassers will be Arrested" signs all over. Somehow I don't think this is a pizza factory job.
@amped; no; but I'm in Prescott, so 15-20 degrees cooler than you.
Thanks for trying...either you're on to something related to the GigaFactory or you're about to enter a "spy novel" and you may need to get a lawyer! ;-)
I would think that Reno would have an advantage over Texas anyhow. It would not be wise to locate in a state that occasionally threatens to secede.