SANTA FE  – New Mexico is one of four states in the race to win a contract from Tesla to build a “giga-factory” that would make batteries for the company’s expensive and sporty electric cars. The project promises to bring 6,500 jobs.

But there are rumblings that Tesla may also be looking at California – already home to the company’s headquarters — as a potential site, joining New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and Nevada in the competition.

A couple of developments indicate that the Golden State may be a contender for the $5 billion factory that will make litihium-ion batteries: