The fossil fuel industry and related traditional car makers and dealers might think they have won the “car wars” against Tesla Motors in the United States when they lobbied heavily to block Tesla’s attempts to open sales showrooms and sell vehicles through direct means in various states, but the company that has set out to show it is possible to have efficient, environmentally friendly vehicles on the road is proving that it only lost a few battles.
On Monday, April 13, media outlets revealed that Tesla Motors plans to pay Reno, Nevada Gigafactory employees a lot more than the national minimum wage — around $22 per hour and higher. It also plans to bring approximately 6,500 jobs to the area over the next few years. This is great news for employees like Crystal Hunt and for job seekers in the area.
Tesla also proved to the International Energy Agency that electric cars are “cost-comparable” to their gas guzzling counterparts by bringing the costs of Tesla vehicle batteries to the same level as gas-fueled vehicle motors. Additionally, if the company keeps pace with its successes over the last few years, electric cars will be a cheaper, energy-efficient alternative to gas-powered vehicles and so attractive to consumers by 2020 that they could start outselling all other competitor types.
Beyond electric cars and batteries, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk has also hinted that the company plans to push for more of a U.S. presence by offering other types of electrical products.