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October 23, 2012 > Tesla receives clean energy-project funds

Tesla receives clean energy-project funds

Submitted By Jeff Barbosa

Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), a strong supporter of clean energy programs, hailed the California Energy Commission's approval on October 10, 2012, of $10M in funds to help Tesla Motors, Inc. to produce its Model X SUV/crossover vehicle at its Fremont plant. The project is expected to provide more than 500 new manufacturing jobs at the plant.

As part of his Made in California jobs initiative in 2011, Wieckowski authored a bill, AB 1314, signed by Governor Brown, to streamline the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology program to get more people back to work and more clean vehicles on the road. The Energy Commission funds awarded to Tesla come from this program.

"This is great news for Tesla and great news for the Fremont community," Wieckowski said. "With Tesla's matching funds and the state's clean transportation award, we are reiterating our commitment to building next generation vehicles in California. Not only will it lead to cleaner vehicles improving our environment but also more manufacturing jobs here at home. This is why I authored AB 1314 - to reduce administrative burdens and get these project funds out the door so we can get to work building cars, adding fueling stations and expanding clean vehicle programs."

Tesla is providing $50.2M in funding for the project, according to the state Energy Commission. The Model X is expected to have a driving range of 250 miles on a single charge.

The investments of public money through this program are safeguarded by matching fund requirements and payments on a reimbursement basis. The Energy Commission has invested more than $20M to assist in the development of 5,000 charging stations statewide and has awarded about $2M to help local governments plan for more plug-in vehicles.

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