Tesla to open power train plant in Palo Alto

August 18, 2009 9:06:43 AM PDT
Electric car maker Tesla Motors says it will open a new power train production facility in Palo Alto, Calif., helped in part by a recent award of government loans. The company says the facility will build components for its vehicles and other automakers. The complex will also house its corporate headquarters and will employ roughly 350 people with space for up to 650.

In June, the carmaker won $465 million in low-interest loans from the U.S. Energy Department. The money is part of a larger pool of funds to help automakers develop more efficient vehicle technology.

The maker of the $109,000 Roadster electric sports car recently unveiled an electric sedan it expects to price under $50,000 after government rebates.