After GM announced it would close some factories, Elon Musk said Tesla would consider buying one of them, but now GM CEO Mary Barra says it will not work because Tesla does not want employees of the GM union.
Last year, GM announced that they are closing 3 assembly factories in North America.
In one article, we suggest that Tesla should buy one of those GM factories after they closed since it worked so well the last time they did.
In an interview a few weeks later, Musk said he would be considered again:
"We may be interested if [GM] We are going to sell a plant or we will not use it for us to take it. "
One of the 3 assembly plants that GM is closing is in Ohio and Governor Kasich was pushing for Tesla to buy it.
Now, GM's CEO, Mary Barra, confirmed that they had "talks" with Tesla at an investor conference in New York today through Auto News.
That said, she says it will not work because Tesla does not want employees of the GM union:
"Tesla is not interested in our GM workforce represented by the UAW, so it really is a moot point."
We asked Tesla if they have any comments about Barra's statement and we will inform him if we get an answer.
To update: Tesla said he had "no comment".
In 2010, Tesla purchased NUMMI, a joint-owned automobile factory of General Motors and Toyota in Fremont California, for only $ 42 million shortly after it closed.
The company gradually regained the workforce, including many former NUMMI workers who were members of the UAW, and now, 8 years later, Tesla Fremont employs more employees than the original factory and produces electric vehicles at a current rate of more than 300,000 units. by year.
It is believed that the decision to acquire the existing plant instead of building something from scratch is an important part of Tesla's initial success.
Although Tesla has had problems with the Union of Auto Workers (UAW) in recent years.
In 2017, the union spent more than $ 400,000 on its "Tesla Campaign", according to its own documents.
Last year, they also went on the offensive by backing an initiative that could lead Tesla buyers to lose access to California's EV incentives.