Tesla Negotiating Terms with Austin’s Travis County for Next Gigafactory: Report

Tesla may be one step closer to bringing its next ‘Gigafactory’ to Texas. According to a new report from American-Statesman, the electric automaker is said to be negotiating terms for incentives to bring a factory into Travis County:

Tesla is negotiating terms of a possible incentives deal with Travis County that could bring the electric car maker’s next U.S. assembly plant — and thousands of jobs — to Austin, the American-Statesman has learned.

The Travis County Commissioners Court is scheduled to discuss the terms of the potential incentives deal in an executive session on Tuesday, according to people with knowledge of the proceedings. A vote is expected in the coming weeks.

According to Item 21 on the Travis Commissioners Court agenda on Tuesday, it asks members to “Consider and take appropriate action on a project under Travis County Code Chapter 28,” with the latter referring to guidelines on economic development incentives.

The United Auto Workers union says it suspects Item 21 is related to Tesla, according to a spokesperson.

Meanwhile, UAW vice president Cindy Estrada said Travis County needs to ensure Tesla is held accountable if a deal is made.

“Tesla has a track record of collecting public subsidies from several states but not delivering on their promises. That is why it is important this time for Tesla to commit to community assurances for Travis County before getting subsidies,” said Estrada.

Tesla’s next factory would build its Cybertruck pickup and Model Y SUV, becoming the company’s largest ‘gigafactory’ to date.