Tesla Motors has been great for supporters of electric cars, and the state of California.
Tesla added 3,000 jobs over roughly the past year for a total of 6,000, and is expected to add 500 more before the end of the year. The company will soon launch the Model X crossover to complement its existing Model S sedan.
The electric-car maker took over the ex-General Motors/Toyota New United Motor Manufacturing (NUMMI) facility in Fremont to build the Model S, and the Model X will be built there as well.
Toyota, in comparison, currently has 5,350 jobs in California, but that number is expected to drop to 2,300 when the Japanese carmaker moves its U.S. headquarters to Texas over the next few years.
Tesla has succeeded in California despite strict environmental laws that make large-scale manufacturing difficult, and a Silicon Valley business culture that isn’t used to automotive product cycles.
That’s why Tesla’s proposed battery “Gigafactory”–which will be the world’s largest manufacturing facility for lithium-ion cells–won’t be located in California. Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas are the finalists.