In a stunning reversal of fortune for the Bay Area’s last auto plant, Toyota announced today it will partner with Palo Alto’s Tesla Motors to produce electric vehicles at the recently shuttered NUMMI facility in Fremont. Gov. Schwarzenegger joined officials from both companies to announce the deal, under which Toyota will invest $50 million in Tesla, and Tesla will acquire the NUMMI property. KQED reporter Cy Musiker talked to Harley Shaiken, a UC Berkeley expert in manufacturing and labor, about the news. You can hear the interview as it was broadcast below, and a longer version at the KQED Radio News web site.
You can read more about today's announcement and the partnership in the San Jose Mercury News.