Tesla to Manufacture Sedan in California

Tesla Motors CEO, Ze’ev Drori, and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced today that Tesla’s next product, a 4-door, 5-passenger sedan, will be manufactured at a facility in California.

Tesla currently manufactures its battery pack in California, along with the final assembly of the Tesla Roadster, reports The Auto Channel.

"Today’s announcement is incredible news for California’s economy and its environment," said Schwarzenegger. "If California was a baseball team, this would be like winning the first round draft pick and recruiting a player who is a perfect fit on our roster because Tesla Motors and its all-electric cars belong in California."

Tesla Roadster

The Tesla Roadster

Tesla currently produces the Roadster, an electric two-seater. According to Tesla’s Web site, the Roadster can go about 220 miles on one charge. Then you just plug it in at night to recharge the battery. The company also says the Roadster gets the equivalent of 256 mpg and can go 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds.

The new 4-door sedan will be geared toward families and is targeted for late 2010 production.