Tesla Motors, manufacturers of high performance, zero emission electric vehicles, today opened its Michigan Technical Center in Rochester Hills.

The 19,240 square-foot facility, located at 1840 Enterprise Drive, will focus on research & development for future Tesla products, starting with a four-door electric sports sedan to be built by the Silicon Valley-based company. That project, named “WhiteStar,” will be a four door, five-passenger, lightweight, high-performance sedan planned for production around 2009.

“This tech center will be home to the engineering, quality and supply chain staff working on WhiteStar and other Tesla cars coming down the line,” said John Thomas, general manager of the Michigan Technical Center and senior director of the WhiteStar program. “With our state-of-the-art CAD and CAE design and simulation tools, this center will enable us to bring high-quality products to market quicker than traditional manufacturers.”

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