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Albuquerque playing ‘Green’ Detroit

February 19, 2007

Tesla Motors will break ground on a automobile manufacturing facility on Albuquerque’s Westside. Tesla designs cars that run on electricity—plug it in, let it charge and hit the gas electricity?

Tesla, headquartered in San Diego Bay Area suburb San Carlos, CA, currently manufactures the Tesla Roadster in England. The Roadster made its debut in 2003. According to Tesla’s website the Roadster goes from 0 mph to 60 mph in four seconds and costs about one cent per mile to run.

The car Tesla intends to manufacture in Albuquerque is a four/five door car dubbed ‘WhiteStar’ and will make its consumer debut in 2009. Like the Roadster, the WhiteStar is expected to get upwards of 250 miles per charge. The ABQ Tribune says the WhiteStar will have a 250 horsepower engine, however, Tesla’s website indicates the Roadster only has a 248 horsepower engine. I draw attention to the horsepower similarities only because the Roadster has a base price in the low $90k range, and the Tribune claims the WhiteStar will start at $50k. (Of course, manufacturing costs are subject to any number of variables—perhaps something has or might happen; horsepower and price don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand.)

The Detroit Free Press reports the official announcement won’t come until Friday. Other cities thought to be in contention for the plant included Flagstaff, Pittsburgh, and Rochester Hills, MI.

I believe this is the first auto manufacturer (civilian at least) to move into the state. This news speaks well for Albuquerque’s (and the State’s) ‘green’ persona. Hopefully there aren’t too many snags bumps down the road for this deal.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Steve permalink
    February 21, 2007 1:13 pm

    Great news for ABQ.
    Just an FYI, San Carlos is Peninsula/Bay Area.

  2. El Orange permalink
    February 21, 2007 1:24 pm

    Steve, you’re correct. I was thinking of San Marcos. It’s hard to keep California’s “San’s” straight sometimes.

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