Mayor: Tesla to open electric car factory in SoCal

A Tesla Roadster at a Tesla showroom in Menlo Park, Calif. (AP)

November 24, 2009 12:57:53 PM PST
The mayor of Downey says the city is close to making a deal with Tesla Motors to build an electric car plant in a former NASA manufacturing complex.

Mayor Mario Guerra says Tuesday that he has called an emergency City Council meeting to approve a memorandum of understanding with the private owners the 80-acre complex. If approved, the memorandum could facilitate a lease agreement with Tesla.

The San Carlos-based carmaker is looking for a factory to build its electric sedan, the Model S.

Calls to a Tesla spokeswoman were not immediately returned. Downey is about 20 miles southeast of Los Angeles.