After down to two choices for its next Gigafactory, Tesla has announced it has selected Austin, Texas, as the next site to produce its upcoming Cybertruck and Semi.
CEO Elon Musk made the announcement on Tesla’s Q2 earnings call. The new location in Austin will be five minutes from the city’s airport and span 2,000 acres. Musk said it would be “stunning”, with its location on the Colorado River.
The new Gigafactory in Austin will be an “ecological paradise”, complete with a boardwalk with hiking and biking trail, open for the public and not just Tesla employees.
With this new Gigafactory in Texas, Tesla will be able to produce Model 3 and Model Y for the eastern half of the United States, while its Fremont, California factory will produce for the west coast, along with Roadster production set in the latter state.
Musk said it would be a “nice split between Texas and California”. The CEO also gave a shout out to Tulsa, Oklahoma, saying he was “super impressed” with their pitch and would consider them for future expansion down the road.
Work has already started on the Gigafactory in Austin, said Musk.