Will Tesla build battery plant in Texas?

AUSTIN (KXAN/AP) — State officials in New Mexico are discussing discussing a variety of options in an effort to lure Tesla into building a lithium-ion battery factory in the state.

New Mexico’s Gov. Susana Martinez says she would call a special legislative session if needed.

New Mexico is one of four states identified as finalists for a lithium-ion battery factory that would supply the company’s Fremont, Calif., assembly plant. Others are Arizona, Nevada and Texas.

Currently, Texas does not allow direct sales from auto manufacturers. A bill in the last Legislative session to change the current law failed to gain much traction.

Speaking Monday on Fox Business Today, Gov. Rick Perry suggested Texas should change the laws when it comes to “direct to consumer” sales.

On Tuesday, Perry’s office said he will not be calling a special session on the issue.

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