Texas to continue pursuit of Tesla battery factory

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Aides for Texas Gov. Rick Perry say negotiations will continue with Tesla Motors to build an electric car battery factory in the Lone Star State, despite Tesla’s announcement Thursday that it has broken ground on a Nevada site.

The company has said a final decision on the location of the $5 billion factory will come in the next few months.

Other places in Texas are independently pursuing Tesla.

San Antonio Economic Development Foundation spokeswoman Liz Clark told The Associated Press Friday her group has been given strict instructions by Tesla “not to say anything.”

Dallas County Economic Development Director Rick Loesberg says the county is still hoping a Tesla factory will be built in North Texas. He says the county is “certainly interested” but doesn’t know “if it’s reciprocal.”

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