Texas still in competitive mode on Tesla bid

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Aides to Texas Gov. Rick Perry say they are still treating the bid for Tesla Motors’ $5 billion “gigafactory” as an open competition.

In a statement, Perry spokeswoman Lucy Nashed said Tuesday that Texas economic development officials consider the proposed battery factory to be an “ongoing project” that the state might still discuss with Tesla.

She said the incentive package that Nevada promised Tesla to attract the project still needs approval by the Nevada Legislature.

Perry has declined requests from The Associated Press to detail incentives offered Tesla.

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Tesla spokesman Simon Sproule declined to comment Tuesday on whether the company is still negotiating with other states. However, he said Tesla CEO Elon Musk is committed to helping Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval prevail in Wednesday’s special session of the Nevada Legislature.