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Austin-based Tesla to spend $3.6 billion on tractor-trailers and battery plants in Nevada

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Austin-based automaker Tesla said Tuesday it plans to spend $3.6 billion building new factories in Nevada to build its electric tractor-trailer and batteries for its vehicles.

Tesla said the new investment “will continue the growth of Gigafactory Nevada,” the 5.4 million square foot facility east of Reno-Sparks that the company announced in 2014. The new projects will add 3,000 employees , Tesla said in a blog post, in “two new factories: a 100 GWh factory of 4680 cells (capacity to produce enough batteries for 2 million light vehicles per year), as well as our first large semi-factory volume.”

Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo first mentioned the proposed new facilities Monday night. Lombardo said during his state of the state address that he was “looking forward” to joining Musk and Tesla in unveiling plans to build the manufacturing plant, which will produce batteries and tractor-trailers.