The $5 billion Tesla Gigafactory will be in either Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, or Texas. Needless to say, officials in these states are hopeful Tesla will pick them, and bring the estimated 6,500 gigafactory jobs to their jurisdictions. Tucson has now submitted an official proposal.
The Tesla Gigafactory is supposed to manufacture enough lithium-ion battery cells for 500,000 electric cars per year by 2020. Site selection is supposed to occur in 2014, construction is supposed to start in 2015, and production is supposed to start in 2017.