Elon Musk says ‘several’ Tesla Cybertruck Gigafactory sites under consideration

Fremont won’t be alone in building Tesla vehicles in the US if the company’s plans in Texas work out.


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Following reports Tesla had purchased a plot of land in Austin, Texas, for a future Cybertruck Gigafactory, CEO Elon Musk has spoken.

A report from Electrek on Thursday said Tesla made the purchase as it continues to hash out final tax incentives with the local governments. However, Musk said on Twitter the same day Tesla merely has the “option” to purchase but the company “has not exercised it.”

When asked if Tulsa, Oklahoma, remains in the mix for a possible Tesla production site, Musk simply said the company continues to consider “several options.”

Tesla’s main vehicle factory in Fremont, California, has been struggling to find room to build new models since the Model 3 ramp-up began. Remember the tent? This new facility will be responsible for Cybertruck production and Model Y production for the east coast.

There’s been a great deal of speculation as to where this new Tesla facility might land, with places like Tulsa, Oklahoma, going all-out to entice the electric carmaker, but the latest information suggests Austin has a higher priority. Local newspaper the Austin-American Statesman reported on Thursday Tesla wants to begin construction of the site as early as the third quarter of this year and explicitly said Austin and Tulsa are the “current focus.” However, a final deal in Texas hinges on tax incentives that would see Tesla skip out on paying property taxes for the local school district.

Specifically, it’s looking for $68 million worth of property tax credits from a Travis County school district. Tesla also confirmed in the official documents “eight states” were also under consideration.

However, the Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce, Sean Kouplen, told Roadshow in a statement, “We’ve pulled together a compelling, well-balanced and, more importantly, a responsible performance-based incentives package to attract Tesla to Oklahoma. Our offer not only includes the standard incentives package presented to companies interested in locating to Oklahoma, but also  financial commitments to improve local infrastructure and invest in our workforce, expanding educational programs within our academic institutions to ensure Tesla has a pipeline of qualified workers to recruit.”

Interestingly, this does seem to be a separate move from the one threatened by Musk when shelter-in-place ordinances prevented him from getting the Fremont facility back to work. His ire at the government of California caused all kinds of organizations to come out of the woodwork in hopes of luring Tesla into setting up its headquarters there.

Tesla did not respond to Roadshow’s request for comment.


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First published June 18.
Update, June 19: Adds information from local newspaper and CEO Elon Musk.

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