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While it's not a surprise, the good news is that Tesla Motors is now officially in business in Michigan. Their hot-off-the-wires press release (it's dated tomorrow, but says "For Immediate Release," so it's available to you after the jump) describes the new 19,240 square-foot Michigan Technical Center in Rochester Hills. This center is where work on the new all-electric sports sedan, code named WhiteStar, will take place.

Tesla Motors has already made clear their intentions to expand their product line beyond the Lotus Elise based roadster that's due this summer. They've previously announced plans for at least the sedans, one in the $50,000-70,000 range and another down at the $30,000 range. Now comes word via TheCarConnection that Tesla has opened up a tech center in Auburn Hills, MI, north of Detroit and has hired a dozen engineers there. The Michigan tech center will initially be working on the $50,000 vehicle