New Mexicans offering land to lure Tesla

FILE - This June 22, 2012 file photo shows a Tesla Model S outside the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
FILE - This June 22, 2012 file photo shows a Tesla Model S outside the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

ALBUQEURQUE, N.M. (AP) — Several New Mexico residents have pledged to donate their own land if it will help lure electric car company Tesla to the state.

KOAT-TV reported Wednesday some citizens are offering land in metro Albuquerque for a Tesla battery plant.

Businessman John Edward says he is willing to give up to 400 acres of his own land to reward entrepreneurs such as Tesla.

New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela says multiple offers of donated land have come from all over the state.

New Mexico is one of several states which Tesla is considering including California, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.

Other states have been wooing the company with incentives and looser environmental restrictions.

First it was free land, and now talks of hotels

(KRQE) — More offers are pouring in from people trying to lure Tesla to New Mexico.

First it was free land and now there are talks of hotels. Locals are stepping up doing what they can to lure the car maker to the Land of Enchantment.

“Tesla represents the next generation of technology,” Prakash Sundaram said.

The popular car maker is catching attention all over the country, especially the southwest. Texas, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico are all in the running for its big battery factory, a $5 billion plant.

“I think it would be no-brainer,” Sundaram said.

Sundaram, the president of Total Management Systems, said he will build a hotel next to the gigafactory if Tesla comes to New Mexico.

“I think it’s important for business leaders around the city of Albuquerque to be supportive to say, ‘hey, we’ve got money to invest and we’ve also got a vision for our city,’ ” Sundaram said.

Last week, local investor John Edward offered 400 acres of land free of charge.

“We’re behind this,” Sundaram said. “It’s not just state and local government, the whole community is behind this.”

Gov. Susana Martinez said she’s had plenty of talks with Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk.

“I got the impression that we are still in the running,” Martinez said.

She can’t go into details about what the state is offering, whether it’s land, tax breaks or easy railroad access, but there have been talks of a special session to lure the company here.

“I wanted him to know that were going to continue to fight to have this or one of his facilities in New Mexico,” Martinez said.

The governor said she is happy the private sector wants to get involved, however says it may be a better idea to wait until the negotiations unfold.

“It has to be something that is helpful to the company,” Martinez said.

Rumor has it Texas and Nevada are both the front runners and Arizona is considering special tax breaks.

Tesla isn’t expected to announce where they will build until the end of the year.

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