Tesla says the solar plant will now make EV chargers, and other products

FILE PHOTO: A worker is seen outside of the Tesla Inc. Gigafactory 2, also known as RiverBend, a joint venture with Panasonic to produce solar panels and roof tiles in Buffalo, New York, united states, 2 August 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/ File Photo

(Reuters) – Tesla Inc said on Wednesday its solar factory in Buffalo, New York, would be the “production-house” for the electric car Supercharger cabinets and other energy storage products if it wants to meet the employment goals, tied to the state subsidies linked to the facility.

The company announced in an annual report of the state of New York, in which it said it had exceeded its duties and obligations as investment until now.

Tesla has 329 employees in the factory, while its partner, Panasonic Corp., has about 400 employees, the report said.

The electric car maker has more than 300 employees elsewhere in the country, ” he said. The company is required to have at least 500 employees in the state on April 30, as part of its commitment to New York, which has $750 million in subsidies for the facility.

Tesla’s plan for the manufacture of solar energy products in New York has come under scrutiny as the company has drastically reduced the AMERICAN solar energy company acquired in 2016 with the $2.6 billion purchase of SolarCity.

At the moment, the planned use of the plant to a breakthrough product called the Solar Roof, an energy system designed to look like ordinary roof tiles. But the product is much slower to come to market than promised.

“We are willing to invest in Buffalo, and the State, and the new power electronic lines to deliver more high tech jobs, while the support of Tesla’s energy storage products and global Supercharging infrastructure,” Tesla said in a statement via e-mail.

Tesla will also open three new auto service centres in New York, the company said. A year from now, the company is required to employ 1,460 workers in the state.

Reporting by Nichola Groom; Editing by James Dalgleish and Tom Brown

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