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The following article has been updated to include a comment from Google.

The Wall Street Journal reported this morning that Google/Alphabet has acquired 1,210 acres of land near Reno and a few miles south from Tesla’s gargantuan Gigafactory.

The speculation is that Google will use the land for an upcoming data center and also as a potential testing track for the company’s Waymo unit. (Waymo, is Google/Alphabet’s autonomous driving subsidiary.)

The article in the WSJ speculates that Google will prefer setting up its testing facilities for Waymo in Nevada, where there are fewer restrictions in place than there are in California. Nevada is also in the process of passing legislation that would make it an ideal place for testing out self-driving vehicles in a more legislatively relaxed setting so to speak. In other words, less rules and regulations than in California.

Having said the above, Google has not divulged any details on why it needs so much space up there and according to the article in The Journal, the company has no plans to start building a data center there in the near future. More importantly 1,200 plus acres is way too big for a data center in any case.

One thing that jumped out at me is the fact that Tesla has its Gigafactory just a few miles north of where Google just made its land acquisition.

So, I am thinking is it possible Google and Tesla are cooking up some sort of deal in autonomous driving? Or how about in clean energy? Maybe EV battery technology?

Or how about in some other venture that Elon Musk has come up with and Sergey Brin and Larry Page believe in as well?
Combining know-how maybe?

Or some sort of joint-venture between the two?

Incidentally, Tesla’s Gigafactory currently occupies about 3,000 acres just north of the Google land.

Google’s Patrick Lenihan said, “Yes, we acquired the 1210 acre property in Nevada last week with the intention of eventually turning the site into a data center, although we do not have immediate plans to develop the land at this time. And, no, I can confirm it has nothing to do with Tesla or autonomous vehicles.”