Tesla Motors and Japanese automakers Toyota have announced that they are to become partners in a project that will see the NUMMI plant reopen. The New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. plant used to be run by General Motors and Toyota – so we know that the latter will have some experience of the place.
President Barack Obama seems a happy man to know that NUMMI is to reopen, and with it a thousand new jobs. It is believed that former workers at the plant stand a good chance of getting their old jobs back – although this is not guaranteed.
According to the Detroit News, this new joint venture will see Tesla and Toyota work on a new all-electric car, with a little help from the U.S. government who is investing money into advanced battery technology. We can understand why they would want to do this, if they could help create a thousands jobs and get more energy efficient cars on the road – then this will do wonders for the Obama administration.
It is not yet known what car the two automakers will work on, and there is no timescale as to when it will be ready for launch. As always we will keep you informed of any progress.