Car manufacturer Tesla makes electric cars in China, Germany and the U.S. The company has come under severe criticism for its “full self-driving” mode in its vehicles. Tesla vehicles have been involved in 273 crashes, of which six were fatal and five resulted in severe injuries, over a nine-month period between 2021 and 2022. Telsa’s factories reported 10 times more safety violations than Nissan, despite the fact that Nissan built something like 10 times as many cars over the same time period.

Tesla has benefited from several billion dollars in government incentives such as a $1.3 billion tax break in Nevada. One of the most unsustainable components of a Tesla vehicle (and all electric cars) and power storage systems are the batteries, notably the use of cobalt, lithium and nickel, which are mined under horrific human rights conditions. The company buys cobalt from Glencore’s copper mine in the Katanga region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo which is alleged to use child labor. It buys nickel from the Vale mine in Voisey's Bay in northern Labrador, Canada, which has long been opposed by the native Innu and Inuit people as well as from sites in China and Indonesia with serious environmental pollution problems.


Electric cars and trucks, battery energy storage, solar panels and solar roof tiles.

Tesla was profiled as part of the report "Green" Multinationals Exposed: How the Energy Transition is Being Hijacked by Corporate Interests.


financial offenses$35,800,0003
government-contracting-related offenses$29,820,0002
competition-related offenses$14,350,8902
safety-related offenses$7,703,61639
environment-related offenses$1,915,5008

(November 7, 2023)

Number of Records
Total Penalties
US$91,563,459 (November 7, 2023)
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Tesla in Germany: Locals vote against factory expansion plan

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Residents of Grünheide near Berlin have voted against expansion plans for the large Tesla facility there. But the vote is not binding and local authorities can still decide. Turnout was high, though, indicating interest.




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Elon Musk sees $56bn Tesla pay deal cancelled in Delaware court

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Mariko Oi & Michael Race

A judge in the US state of Delaware has annulled a $55.8bn (£44bn) pay deal awarded to Elon Musk in 2018 by the electric car company Tesla.

The lawsuit was filed by a shareholder who argued that it was an overpayment.

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Swedish labour union to stop collecting Tesla waste

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Louise Rasmussen

COPENHAGEN, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Sweden's Transport Workers' Union said on Wednesday it would stop collecting waste at Tesla's workshops in Sweden, joining a wave of action by labour groups aimed at pressuring the automaker into accepting collective bargaining rights for staff.

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USA: A Modern Day Sweatshop: The Tesla Factory Secrets Elon Musk Doesn't Want You To Know
USA: Elon Musk’s Car Company Tesla Faces Allegations Of Racist Discrimination Against Black Employees
Speeding Tesla kills 2 in China, carmaker denies claims that brakes failed
Tesla owners in China protest against price cuts as consumers tighten budgets
USA: Protesters Outside Tesla Fremont Factory Demand Improved Safety for Workers
China: Angry Tesla Owner Jumps On Model 3 At Shanghai Show To Protest Her Broken Tesla
USA: Protests outside of Tesla plant in California
Norway: Tesla hunger strike 2022
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Recent & Ongoing Campaigns
Swedish Ports Threaten to Block Teslas From Entering the Country

Morgan Meaker | WIRED | November 2, 2023

The union’s members are threatening the blockade in support of workers at Tesla’s Swedish repair shops, who do work for Tesla and who have been on strike since last Friday. They walked off the job to protest the company’s refusal to sign a collective agreement with the union that represents them, IF Metall.

Tesla workers in Germany join union as health and safety issues grow - union

Victoria Waldersee | Reuters | October 9, 2023

Tesla workers at the carmaker's Brandenburg plant are joining the IG Metall union in rising numbers over concerns around health, safety and overwork, the union said on Monday. Lack of staff and inadequate safety provisions in the workplace were leading to a high number of accidents at work, and it was not rare that around 30% of workers were signed off sick, the union said in a statement.

Tesla owners in China protest against surprise price cuts they missed

Brenda Goh, Zhang Yan and Casey Hall | Reuters | January 7, 2023

Hundreds of Tesla (TSLA.O) owners gathered at the automaker's showrooms and distribution centres in China over the weekend, demanding rebates and credit after sudden price cuts they said meant they had overpaid for electric cars they bought earlier.

Germany: Grünheide Citizens' Initiative against Tesla: "We're fighting the richest man in the world"

Christoph Richter | Deutschlandfunk Kultur | January 5, 2023

People are protesting against Tesla on the market square in Grünheide. The Grünheide Citizens' Initiative sees the electric car factory as a danger to the environment.

Norwegian Tesla owners' hunger strike over car issues lasts 24 hours

Nicholas Maronese | Driving | August 30, 2022

A website apparently set up by a group of Norwegian Tesla owners says its members plan to stage a hunger strike to get the attention of CEO Elon Musk, so that he can address a long list of issues that have come up with their cars.

NGOs ask Musk to not invest in Indonesia's nickel industry over environmental worries

Tiyashi Datta | Reuters | July 25, 2022

Dozens of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have sent an open letter to Elon Musk, urging the Tesla Inc's (TSLA.O) chief to not invest in Indonesia's nickel industry on environmental concerns.

United States: Tesla’s Factory in Berlin Runs Into Activists, Red Tape and Lizards

Christopher F. Schuetze & Jack Ewing | New York Times | July 22, 2021

The vast pale gray factory with its own exit on the autobahn, surrounded by a pine forest east of Berlin, was supposed to be producing shiny new Teslas by now. Instead it has become a manifestation of what happens when Silicon Valley ambition collides with German procedure.

Tesla disquiet in China mounts after driver protest in Shanghai

Automotive News Europe | April 20, 2021

Tesla looks to be coming under increasing pressure in China with two government entities firing off missives about the company’s behavior and treatment of its customers in a single day.

Russia: Tesla urged to respect Indigenous rights in supply chain by not sourcing from Norilsk Nickel

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre | September 22, 2020

Over 70 NGOs have signed on to a letter urging Tesla to respect Indigenous rights in its supply chain, by not sourcing nickel mined by Nornickel (Norilsk Nickel), until the company makes effort to address the minimum standards set out by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

United States: Frustrated protesters outside Fremont Tesla factory want to see CEO Musk put behind bars

Elissa Harrington | FOX KTVU | May 16, 2020

They accuse Musk of putting workers in harms way by sending them back to work during the pandemic.

United States: Tesla employees protest mass firings at Fremont factory

Jennifer Elias | Silicon Valley Business Journal | October 24, 2017

Following firings at Tesla, employees rallied outside of its Fremont Factory claiming they were unfairly fired.

United States: Tesla workers fight for workplace safety ahead of “Production Hell”

California Labor Federation | August 31, 2017

Earlier this month, CEO Elon Musk boasted about Tesla’s plans to sell the new Model 3 to a half a million customers. He said Tesla would go through “production hell” to complete these orders. “Production hell” in the c-suite looks very different than “production hell” on the factory floor, where rate of injury is 31% higher than the industry average according to a Worksafe report this year.

United States: Hundreds of Tesla Workers Walk Off Job in Nevada Labor Dispute

NBC News | February 29, 2016

Hundreds of union construction workers walked off the job at Tesla Motors' battery manufacturing plant in northern Nevada on Monday to protest what union organizers say is the increased hiring of out-of-state workers for less pay.

Major Investigations
& Lawsuits
USA: Black workers at California Tesla factory allege rampant racism, seek class-action status

Janie Har | AP News | June 7, 2023

Tesla may face a class-action lawsuit after 240 Black factory workers in California described rampant racism and discrimination at the electric automaker’s San Francisco Bay Area plant, including frequent use of racial slurs and references to the manufacturing site as a plantation or slave ship.

United States: Elon Musk and Tesla being sued over misleading self driving claims

Karandeep Oberoi | Mobile Syrup | February 28, 2023

The class action was filed in a San Francisco federal court, with the shareholders saying that the company has defrauded them over the course of the past four years. The technologies in question are suspected as a possible cause of fatal crashes, and capable of causing “a serious risk of accident and injury.”

United States: Tesla Workers Allege Exploitative Work Conditions

Labor Press | Stephanie West | November 27, 2022

Construction workers at a Texas Tesla “gigafactory” have filed a complaint and case referral with the Federal Department of Labor. Serious labor and employment violations came to light after whistleblowers at the plant said the electric car manufacturer’s violations left them vulnerable to injuries and wage theft.

United States: Tesla hit by new lawsuit alleging racism against Black workers

Al Jazeera | July 1, 2022

The harassment, which occurred mostly at Tesla’s Fremont, California factory, included using the terms “nigger”, “slavery” or “plantation” or making sexual comments such as “likes booty”, the lawsuit said, adding that the car maker’s “standard operating procedures include blatant, open and unmitigated race discrimination”.

Lawsuit: Tesla broke US law by not providing 60-day notice before mass layoff

Jon Brodkin | ARS Technica | June 23, 2022

A lawsuit filed by laid-off Tesla workers accused the company of violating federal law by failing to provide notice before the layoffs and said the former employees are entitled to 60 days of pay and benefits.

United States: Lawsuit says Tesla subjects women to ‘rampant sexual harassment’

Katia Porzecanski | Al Jazeera | November 19, 2021

Former Tesla employee claims she experienced ‘nightmarish’ sexual harassment conditions and that managers failed to act on her complaints.

Democratic Republic of Congo: Mining deaths lawsuit against major tech companies dismissed

Sebastian Klovig Skelton | Computer Weekly | November 5, 2021

The lawsuit against Alphabet, Apple, Dell, Microsoft and Tesla was originally filed in Washington DC in December 2019, by human rights group International Rights Advocates, on behalf of 14 families who accused the technology firms of knowingly aiding and abetting – and subsequently benefiting from – forced labour practices in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

United States: Tesla employee’s firing and Elon Musk tweet on union were illegal, labor board rules.

Noam Scheiber | The New York Times | March 25, 2021

The National Labor Relations Board on Thursday upheld a 2019 ruling that Tesla had illegally fired a worker involved in union organizing and that the company’s chief executive, Elon Musk, had illegally threatened workers with the loss of stock options if they unionized.

Tesla Takes Legal Action Against Chinese News Outlet Over Report Of 'Sweatshop' Conditions At Shanghai Gigafactory: Global Times

Gary Anglebrandt | Yahoo! News | January 17, 2021

Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) is taking legal action againt a Chinese tech media outlet called PingWest that earlier reported of harsh working conditions and quality control problem at Tesla's Shanghai Gigafactory.

German court rules that Tesla misled consumers on Autopilot and Full Self Driving

Lora Kolodny | CNBC | July, 14, 2020

Tesla Germany is now banned from including “full potential for autonomous driving” and “Autopilot inclusive” in its advertising materials, Reuters reported.

United States: Lawsuit: Tesla Fired Exec After He Raised Concerns About Workplace Injuries Going Unreported

Ryan Felton | Jalopnik | June 11, 2018

Tesla has been dogged by reports that it fails to report serious workplace injuries on legally-mandated logs, and now the automaker’s former safety director is claiming in a lawsuit that he was fired in retaliation for raising concerns about the alleged practice.

United States: Tesla workers claim anti-LGBT threats, taunts, and racial abuse in lawsuits

Sam Levin | The Guardian | October 19, 2017

Exclusive: A factory worker says he was harassed for being gay. A father and son say they faced daily racial epithets. Each claims that Tesla failed to stop it.

Environmental Impacts
'The Sacrifice Zone': Myanmar bears cost for green energy

Dake Kang, Victoria Milko & Lori Hinnant | AP News | August 9, 2022

[Rare earths] end up in the supply chains of some of the most prominent companies in the world, including General Motors, Volkswagen, Mercedes, Tesla and Apple. But an AP investigation has found that their universal use hides a dirty open secret in the industry: Their cost is environmental destruction, the theft of land from villagers and the funneling of money to brutal militias, including at least one linked to Myanmar’s secretive military government.

Sufferings of Residents and Environment behind the Business Transactions of Tesla and Chinese Companies in Indonesia

JATAM | August 10, 2022

The activities of PT Bintang Delapan have triggered flash floods, caused two people to die, and hundreds of houses and government buildings, as well as public facilities were badly damaged in three villages namely Dampala Village, Le Le Village, and Siumbatu Village, Morowali on June 8, 2019.

USA: Tesla Ignoring Environmental Reporting, Says Data Tracker.

Al Root | Barron's | June 29, 2022

CDP, a nonprofit global environmental-disclosure system for investors, called out more than 1,400 companies Wednesday for not disclosing enough about how their operations affect the environment.

Germany: A month after opening, 15,000 liters of chemicals leaked from Tesla coating facility - organizations call for clarification

Thorsten Metzner | Tagesspiegel | April 19, 2022

Chemicals leaked from the coating facility - an area located inside the drinking water protection area - of the Tesla factory in Grünheide, which opened a month ago.

Germany: Lawsuit from Tesla critics: The Court hears case about water supply

Business Insider Germany | February 23, 2022

The environmental associations Nabu and Green Liga have sued. They want to challenge a permit from the Brandenburg State Environment Agency allowing for water extraction, which is particularly important for the Tesla plant.

A Secretive Belgian Tycoon Is a Key Investor in a Major New Gold Refinery in Brazil's Amazon

Hyury Potter | The Intercept | February 17, 2022

Tesla, Amazon, Dell, and Starbucks have likely purchased gold from the scandal-ridden family business of Sylvain Goetz, who’s been convicted of fraud.

When Tesla Says It Recycles 100% of Its Batteries, What Does That Mean?

Audrey Carleton | VICE | August 16, 2021

The company’s claims convey an image of a totally tightly-controlled in-house recycling system, in which old Tesla batteries are used to make new Tesla batteries. But experts in lithium-ion battery recycling told Motherboard the reality isn’t that simple. 

United States: Tesla to pay $750k fine and build solar microgrid system to settle California air quality violations

Kim Lyons | The Verge | May 8, 2021

Tesla has agreed to pay a $750,000 fine and install a solar roof project to settle air quality violations at its Fremont, California plant, officials announced Friday.

Elon Musk Should Come Clean: Tesla’s Emissions Are Rising

David Fickling | Bloomberg | February 17, 2021

At a time when most major companies are working on plans to cut their carbon emissions, one of the darlings of green investing is working to increase its emissions footprint. 

How Pro-Green Tesla Got Into a Fight With Environmentalists in Germany—and Won

Sissi Cao | Observer | February 21, 2020

A German court has given Tesla the green light to cut down trees at its Gigafactory site.

United States: Tesla In Settlement Proceedings Over 19 Air Quality Violations As Investigation Continues

Edward Niedermeyer | The Drive | June 6, 2019

Tesla has received 19 notices of violation (NOV) from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and "legal settlement proceedings" are underway, the regulator told The Drive today.

Employment Practices
& Relations
United States: 'Retaliation': Tesla Fires Buffalo Workers Day After Musk Was Informed of Union Drive

Kenny Stancil | Common Dreams | February 16, 2023

Tesla fired dozens of workers at its factory in Buffalo, New York on Wednesday, one day after an organizing committee at the plant sent an email to billionaire chief executive officer Elon Musk informing him of their new unionization campaign.

United States: Teslas using driver-assist systems were involved in 273 crashes over the past 9 months, according to NHTSA

Matt McFarland | CNN | June 15, 2022

NHTSA found that of the 367 driver-assist crashes reported, there were six fatalities and five serious injuries.

Elon Musk Has Lots To Say About Workers At Tesla–Which Continues To Lead U.S. Carmakers In Safety Violations

Alan Ohnsman | Forbes | June 6, 2022

He’s expressed hostility to remote work, demanded that executives spend at least 40 hours a week at the office and floated the idea of firing 10% of Tesla’s workforce because he has a “super bad feeling” about the direction of the economy. At the same time, Tesla continues to lead all carmakers in workplace safety violations, racking up more infractions and fines in the past three years than all other automakers in the U.S. combined.

United States: Tesla monitored its employees on Facebook with help of PR firm during 2017 union push

Lora Kolodny | CNBC | June 2, 2022

Two things that MWW PR watched closely for Tesla were discussions on social networks alleging unfair labor practices at Tesla, and about a sexual harassment lawsuit, according to the documents describing their work.

Tesla: Workers in Shanghai must sleep on factory floor as China restarts production in 600 companies amid draconian Covid measures

City A.M. | April 19, 2022

Shanghai’s Tesla factory workers have to sleep on the floor of the factory, as Elon Musk’s company restarts production and China continues a draconian covid policy. 

‘Like slave and master’: DRC miners toil for 30p an hour to fuel electric cars

Pete Pattison | The Guardian | November 8, 2021

The Guardian has tracked the cobalt supply chain from TFM and other industrial mines through a number of refiners and battery makers to some of the world’s leading electric car manufacturers, including Tesla, VW, Volvo, Renault and Mercedes-Benz.

United States: Tesla factory had more than 400 COVID-19 cases after Elon Musk's defiant reopening: report

Mike Murphy | MarketWatch | March 14, 2021

Hundreds of COVID-19 cases were reported at Tesla Inc.’s production plant in Fremont, Calif., after it reopened last May in defiance of local health regulations, according to a new report.

China: Apple supplier Lens Technology accused of using forced Uighur labor

Nick Statt | The Verge | December 29, 2020

The report says Lens Technology — a gadget glass supplier to companies like Amazon, Apple, and Tesla — has used thousands of such workers as part of the Chinese government’s ongoing detention and forced labor campaign against people of the Uighur minority.

China: Giga-Sweatshop Meets Corporate Overlords: an Exclusive Look Into How Tesla China Runs its Shanghai Gigafactory 3

Chen Du & Aron Chen | Ping West | December 25, 2020

Such high-intensity production soon wore out the vision that many workers in Tesla's Shanghai factory once had towards their jobs and the company. Simultaneously, the rapidly shrinking benefits and increasingly harsh working conditions eventually made many had enough.

United States: Leaked Tesla emails tell the story of a design flaw discovered in 2012 in the Model S battery that could lead to breakdowns and fires

Linette Lopez | Business Insider | June 25, 2020

Leaked emails from 2012 reveal that Tesla knew its Model S battery had a design flaw that could lead to break downs and fires, but it sold the cars anyway.

United States: Tesla email reveals company’s effort to silence an alleged victim with cash

Sam Levin | The Guardian | April 13, 2018

“In terms of settlement, we are willing to pay Mr. Lambert [redacted], but only if we are to resolve this matter before there is media attention, preferably within the next few hours,” the Tesla general counsel, Todd Maron, wrote to the worker’s lawyers last year.

United States: Tesla workers are passing out on the factory floor, according to a report

Robert Ferris | CNBC | May 18, 2017

Fainting spells, dizziness, seizures and other symptoms have led to more than 100 calls to ambulances since 2014, according to incident reports obtained by the Guardian.


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Tesla lobbying to secure lithium from Chile — report

Cecilia Jamasmie | Mining.com | March 2, 2023

Tesla executives met last month with Chilean authorities, including the ministers of foreign affairs and mining, as well as representatives for the country’s development agency Corfo, as the electric cars maker redoubles efforts to secure supplies of battery metals, particularly lithium.

Tesla discloses lobbying effort to set up factory in Canada

Akash Sriram | Reuters | August 9, 2022

Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) is lobbying the Ontario government as part of an effort to set up an "advanced manufacturing facility" in Canada, a filing by the electric-vehicle maker to the province's Office of the Integrity Commissioner showed.

Major Projects
Tesla’s German gigafactory expansion plans face setback over water protection concerns – media

Carolina Kyllmann | Clean Energy Wire | July 26, 2023

U.S. car manufacturer Tesla will have to revise its plans to expand its gigafactory for electric cars in the German state of Brandenburg over concerns the new buildings would be partly located in water protection zones, newspaper Tagesspiegel reported.

'The Bird Is Not the Only Sick Company': Tesla Recalls 362K Self-Driving Cars Over Crash Risk

Brett Wilkins | Common Dreams | February 16, 2023

Electric automaker Tesla on Thursday announced it is recalling more than 362,000 vehicles due to their full self-driving software's potential crash risk, adding to the woes of billionaire CEO Elon Musk, whose recently acquired Twitter is beset by operational and financial troubles.

Elon Musk had “handshake deal” with Saudi PIF reps before “funding secured” tweet: former aide

Simon Alvarez | Teslarati | February 2, 2023

While testifying on Wednesday, Sam Teller, Elon Musk’s former chief of staff, stated that the Tesla CEO had a “handshake deal” with representatives from the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund before the infamous “funding secured” tweet was posted on Twitter. Teller had worked closely with Musk from 2014 to 2019. 

United States: Why the dark cloud of SolarCity is still hanging over Elon Musk

Doug Bailey | The Business of Business | May 3, 2022

Certainly to the layman, the Tesla/SolarCity deal seems fraught with familial conflicts, secret negotiations, bad faith communications, and deceptive practices. SolarCity, after all, was founded by Musk’s cousins.

Germany: Environmental groups object to approval of Tesla factory

Nico Hecht | RBB 24 | March 25, 2022

After the opening of the Tesla factory in Grünheide (Oder-Spree), the dispute over the approval of the plant enters a new round. The Brandenburg Green Liga and Nabu have lodged an objection to the permit with the State Office for the Environment.

United States: 'All humanity has left the area': paying for Tesla's Gigafactory

Rory Carroll | The Guardian | July 3, 2018

One complaint is that tax credits given to Tesla – and to a lesser extent other tech companies – deplete public services, resulting in potholed roads, overcrowded schools and insufficient affordable housing. The other is that the tech worker influx has sent rents rocketing, tipping residents on fixed incomes, especially seniors, into penury.

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Tax Havens
& Evasion
China Hands Tesla Tax Break After Musk’s Taiwan Comments – TN

Alfie Habershon | Asia Financial | October 15, 2022

China gave Tesla tax breaks for two of its models after Elon Musk recommended that China should “figure out a special administrative zone for Taiwan,” Taiwan News reported.

United States: Elon Musk got a huge tax break selling $8.5B in Tesla shares: report

Ariel Zilber | New York Post | May 5, 2022

...But the fact that Tesla shares were worth less when Musk sold them compared to when he first bought them means that the world’s richest person could get a tax break of between $400 million and $700 million, CNN reported on Thursday.

India wants Tesla to buy $500-mn local auto parts for tax break: Report

Business Standard | February 16, 2022

Tesla Inc. would need to commit to sourcing at least $500 million of auto components from India for the electric carmaker’s request for an import tax cut on its vehicles to be considered, a person familiar with the government’s thinking said.

United States: Elon Musk faces a $15 billion tax bill, which is likely the real reason he’s selling stock

Robert Frank | CNBC | November 7, 2021

Tesla CEO Elon Musk faces a tax bill of more than $15 billion in the coming months on stock options, making a sale of his Tesla stock this year likely regardless of the Twitter vote.

United States: The Secret IRS Files: Trove of Never-Before-Seen Records Reveal How the Wealthiest Avoid Income Tax

Jesse Eisinger, Jeff Ernsthausen & Paul Kiel | ProPublica | June 8, 2021

ProPublica has obtained a vast cache of IRS information showing how billionaires like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Warren Buffett pay little in income tax compared to their massive wealth — sometimes, even nothing.

United States: The Tried and True Strategy of Musk Foundation: This Is No Tesla

Royalesq | January 7, 2021

To date, the Musk Foundation has donated over $260 Million – most of it attributed to Tesla stock donated by Elon Musk. In other words, Elon Musk has legally and presumably, gladly, reduced his taxable income/assets by over $200 million.

United States: Texas County Gives Thumbs Up to Tesla Factory Tax Break

Bob Sechler | Transport Topics | July 15, 2020

The tax breaks are worth a minimum of about $14 million over 10 years if the company invests $1.1 billion in the area.

Elon Musk visited China and won a tax break for Tesla

Michelle Toh & Serenitie Wang | CNN | September 2, 2019

The tax break was announced the same day Musk met with Chinese Transport Minister Li Xiaopeng, according to a statement posted on social media by the Transport Ministry.

United States: Oregon recoups $13 million for inflated solar tax credits

Ted Sickinger | The Oregonian | October 11, 2018

The state of Oregon has clawed back $13 million from SolarCity and its accountant after investigators determined the cost of 14 commercial-scale solar projects had been inflated more than 100 percent to qualify for higher state tax credits.

United States: Cities need to stop selling out to big tech companies. There's a better way

Greg LeRoy & Maryann Feldman | The Guardian | July 3, 2018

First, the too-many-eggs problem: hi-tech firms are prominent among recent tax-break “megadeals” awarded by cities and states. Tesla’s battery factory ($1.3bn from Nevada), Foxconn’s display-screen plant in Wisconsin ($4.8bn) and Apple’s data centre in Iowa ($214m) are typical.

United States: Nevada Gives $1.3 Billion Tax Break to Electric Car Maker Tesla

Sandra Chereb | Scientific American | September 12, 2014

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed a package of bills on Thursday to provide $1.3 billion in tax breaks and other incentives for Tesla Motors, putting a bow on the deal for the electric car company to build a massive factory in the state. 

United States: California grants Tesla $34.7 million tax break to boost production

Brandon Turkus | Auto Blog | December 18, 2013

Tesla Motors' plans to expand just got a big boost, as the state of California has announced it will give the Palo Alto-based company a $34.7 million tax break to increase its production capacity.


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