Arizona is in the running to be the home of Tesla Motors' "gigafactory," a $4 to $5 billion lithium battery plant that would employ roughly 6,500 people. The high-end electric car company has narrowed down its list of potential locations for the plant to four states including Texas, Nevada, and New Mexico.
While Nevada is closest to the company's manufacturing plant in Fremont, California, and New Mexico may boast better taxes (according to USA Today), we can think of at least 10 reasons why one of the hottest car companies right now should choose the good old Copper State for its new plant.
10. Arizona could do with a little image revamping. (Ahem, SB 1062.)
9. You can always count on Scottsdale to get on board with more sports cars -- especially from a brand that makes your Chevy Volt look like your uncle's Pinto, with the least expensive models costing around $60,000.
8. What state wouldn't want 6,500 new jobs? That's right. Buy yourself a briefcase and tell your mom you're (potentially) moving out of the guest house.
7. This desert could afford to go a little more green. Arizona's air quality isn't exactly something to brag about.
6. We secretly really want a Hyperloop. This seems like the logical first step.
5. Phoenix is home to a serious nerd population. We're pretty sure at least a few of the thousands who attend Comicon would geek out over local Tesla action.
4. Apple products and Tesla cars? They just seem like a good fit.
3. Nevada already has Vegas, Texas has Southwest Airlines, and New Mexico -- well, we'd just like to stick to 'em.
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2. Arizona was built for driving. Copperstate 1000 anyone?
1. Elon Musk, CEO and Chief Product Architect of Tesla Motors, is technically single, ladies. His last marriage to Talulah Riley ended in 2012. So that means he's back on the market and potentially heading to Arizona to, you know, check on his battery-making factory or whatever.
Applies lip gloss.