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Tesla Motors announced it will use a $50 million investment Toyota Corp. to help it buy the closed Nummi auto in Fremont and reopen it to build cars .

The project will badly needed jobs to the Bay and is a surprising win for the Bay Area’s green just seven weeks New United Motor Manufacturing laid off 4,700 unionized workers as its two owners, General and Toyota, ended their partnership at California’s last plant.

Thank you for bringing business to our state, Gov. Schwarzenegger said as Akio president of the Japanese automaker, Tesla chief Elon at Tesla’s headquarters in Palo

The plant’s third incarnation GM opened the factory in 1963 and it in 1982 before reviving the with Toyota in 1984 helps anchor the green industry taking root the region that includes manufacturer Solyndra and chip-based maker Bridgelux.

Musk, who made a fortune as a of PayPal, said Tesla initially occupy just a corner of the massive factory to 20,000 electric vehicles per That compares with the or so gas-powered cars previously at the plant.

Price not revealed

will use it to build the planned S, a $50,000 sedan that enter production in mid-2012. and Toyoda did not disclose the plant’s price.

Musk said is adding staff at the rate of 50 persons a month and already former Nummi workers. It to have up to 1,000 people in within the next few years, in to roughly 400 people already in Alto.

In an interview with The Musk said the new alliance produce a joint Toyota-Tesla car would be a Toyota vehicle by a Tesla drive-train, hitting the before the Model S. The companies plan to develop other vehicles together, he said.

Asked about his posture the United Auto Workers. had represented Nummi’s rank-and-file, said, on the question of the union neutral, adding that would neither encourage nor workers organizing.

We’re said Sergio Santos. of UAW Local 2244. which had to keep Toyota in Fremont it ceased production of gas-powered there April 1. It’s to put some people back to and bring a lot of jobs to California.

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State and local who had crafted tax incentives, including training provisions and an exemption sales taxes for new factory to preserve Nummi, were as about Thursday’s announcement as had been crestfallen seven ago.

In 2009, the federal awarded Tesla $465 in loans, most of it to be used the Model S facility.

Once again, Nummi, a cat, proves it has nine said Alameda County Keith Carson .

The move help Toyota burnish its badly dented by recent and safety concerns.

This they’re the good guys, the plant open, said Anwyl. chief executive of the Edmunds.com auto information Web There’s a lot of benefits for Toyota in

It could also further acceptance of electric cars years of false starts. has already started advertising its Leaf, while GM will introduce the Chevy Volt, a hybrid.

Absolutely, it brings cars a little closer to the Anwyl said of the Toyota-Tesla

The deal was a blow to the Los Angeles city of Downey, which had months wooing Tesla to its Model S plant there. But said Thursday that officials knew he had been Nummi.

The deal came together so and quietly that members of the City Council showed up at the conference only after rumors of the deal and wanted to Musk for bringing Tesla to

I don’t care if they talk to us, this is a very surprise, said Fremont Councilwoman Anu Natarajan .


But the real secret behind the appears to have been the relationship struck between 54, and Musk, 38, after the Japanese quietly visited the California about six weeks ago at his home in California.

Toyoda, who had worked at in the early days of the joint with GM, said Thursday he learned much about in America (there) so I feel a attachment to the plant.

As Musk it, the two men spent a day talking and driving the Los Angeles area in a Tesla where, as Toyoda said, put, I felt the wind, the of the future.

The result was a whirlwind deal, many details still to put Toyota’s mass manufacturing behind Tesla’s design, and technical expertise, to help the California carmaker — is in the midst of putting together an public offering on Wall worth up to $100 million cement its position as the leader in a market for electric cars.

He sees value in understanding how a Silicon Valley startup Musk said of Toyoda, He’s sort of looking at and saying, ‘We need to go and remember what it’s to be a startup.’

Chronicle columnist S. Ross contributed to this

Fremont auto plant

1963: General Motors plant in Fremont.

1978: The GM builds 330,558 cars and its largest annual production.

Employment at the Fremont GM plant at 6,800.

1982: GM closes the factory.

The plant reopens as New United Manufacturing Inc. a joint between Toyota and GM. On Dec. 18, a is the first car to roll off the assembly

2006: Production at the Nummi peaks at 428,632 cars and

2009: GM pulls out of the partnership.

Plant closes in April. In Toyota invests $50 million in Motors, which will part of the plant to build cars.

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