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Tesla Looking to Build 'Gigafactory' In Texas

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KCEN -- How's this for a trade. 6,500 manufacturing jobs and an investment of more than $4 billion dollars in exchange for the right to sell cars in Texas.Tesla Motors wants to do just that.

Tesla is looking to build a so-called Gigafactory for producing lithium-ion batteries and electric storage applications.

Texas is one of four states named as a finalist for the massive plant, along with Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico.

So why is Texas such an intriguing candidate? It all stems from the contentious relationship Texas lawmakers have had with Tesla, in keeping the electric car maker from selling cars in the state.

Until now, there has been little reason to believe the state's ban on direct auto sales would be lifted, but some believe the new Gigafactory could change all of that.

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