But for those who want to keep up with Tesla in a simple and easy way, I recently started a weekly email newsletter (http://teslaweekly.com) that highlights the most notable Tesla news along with additional commentary. You can see the 1st edition at http://teslaweekly.com/issues/1 .
As a HN regular (judging by your stats) you should already know that we don't mind little self-promotion if it is honest, tactful and relevant. After all, we all here want to discover useful stuff, and lots of people who frequent this site build things.
On an unrelated note, for anyone interested in tracking Tesla's supercharger progress, they have a map of current and planned stations across the three continents they've expanded into.  I enjoy checking it occasionally to see how much progress they've made.
The part about proximity to lithium & renewable energy is just PR fluff... but it can make you feel good when you are paying a few hundred dollars less for your car.
>At present, demand for electric vehicles is small. Through August, automakers have sold just over 40,000 fully electric cars this year, up 35 percent from a year ago.....
At present, the supply of the electrical vehicles is low, and Tesla for one cannot keep up with the demand - as evidenced by the 5-month waiting list for a new Tesla model S. The new factory will drastically increase the supply, and we can expect the demand to grow further as the prices for electrical vehicles are reduced.
Wow, that's big! Reno always made sense - structurally cheaper than CA, but closer to the Fremont factory than even Los Angeles.
Also, I hate business tax incentives, but $500M for a $5B factory + 6500 jobs is not terrible.
I'm not sure about the rail lines, but I can imagine a lot of delays in infrastructure in winter either way. At least for a Fremont-LA line, you won't hit those snags in winter.
I doubt these will be being shipped by truck given the quantities we're dealing with. I also would not doubt an improvement in the infrastructure for a corporation bringing 6500 jobs and $5bn into the economy.
There's an example of that kind of rail-clearing engine in Skagway, Alaska. I saw it there just over a month ago. That snow machine isn't used anymore--an historic museum piece on exhibit--but close up it is impressive.
If the goal is to reduce the cost of production, nevada has a terrific 'local' source of lithium, which probably counted for something.
For those interested, Katie Fehrenbacher from Gigaom did some great coverage last month of what is happening out here RE: Tesla and Apple.
> Based on Musk's public statements of what he expects a winning bid would be worth, the incentive package likely will total at least $500 million.
Employees will still have Federal income taxes at something around 25% depending on salary.