SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Economic Development Secretary Jon B[auth] arela says New Mexico is still competing for a battery factory planned by electric car maker Tesla Motors.
Barela said Thursday in a statement that “we are still very much in the game” and the state had discussions with high-ranking Tesla officials this week.
His comments came after Tesla confirmed it had broken ground on a possible plant site near Reno, Nevada but the company also made clear it’s continuing to evaluate locations in other states.
Barela said it’s not surprising that Nevada is a contender for the plant because of its closeness to Tesla’s California headquarters.
New Mexico officials have declined to disclose details of the incentives offered to Tesla. Barela has said talks are being kept quiet at Tesla’s request.