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Tesla Recalls Sportscar

Last week saw Bay Area electric car maker Tesla sign a deal with Daimler, making it worth half the value of Big Three car manufacturer GM. Yesterday, the company hit a snag when it was forced to recall all 345 of its Roadster vehicles because some bolts on the rear chassis were improperly torqued.

Watch Dog on Tesla and Tasers

SJI’s favorite news-blogger,  Watch Dog Silicon Valley, broke yet another story on Tesla Motors yesterday (and followed up this morning). It seems that the young electric car company, until recently considered San Jose’s Great Green Hope, has in fact secured $350 million from the federal government, BUT is in “late-stage negotiations” to build a plant in New Mexico.

Watch Dog’s Tesla Scoop

When the Merc, KCBS and the Business Journal reported yesterday that Tesla had shifted gears and reversed direction, and might not be building a plant in San Jose after all, it was old news to readers of Watch Dog Silicon Valley.

Tesla in Trouble?

Watch Dog Silicon Valley reported yesterday that Tesla Motors faces new competition in the world of cool electric roadsters, and speculates that the company is unlikely to come to turn San Jose into the green Detroit that some have imagined.


As the dust settles on the global meltdown, the state budget fiasco, and the prevailing wage struggles in San Jose, there is one very bright point of light to be seen. Tesla Motors’ decision to locate their primary manufacturing facility and headquarters in North San Jose is indeed a noteworthy event, a major shot in the arm for the local economy.

Is it something to cheer about? Definitely.

Tesla on Fast Track to San Jose

If all goes well, San Jose could be the headquarters of the world’s coolest car company. The maker of high performance electric cars is interested in a piece of land near San Jose’s Water Pollution Control Plant for its central manufacturing and R&D facility. On Aug. 19, the city council is slated to vote to direct the city manager to pursue a deal with Tesla Motors.  The facility, according to insiders, would directly employ more than 1,000 workers and create an ecosystem of more than 10,000 jobs.

The Real Faces of Silicon Valley

As the valley’s tech companies have driven the U.S. economy since the Great Recession, the region remains one of the most unequal.