The site of Tesla’s Cybertruck Gigafactory has not been finalized yet, though reports suggest there are now only two cities under consideration: Austin, TX, and Tulsa, OK.
Between the two cities, it initially appeared Austin may be a shoo-in for the electric car maker, considering Texas’ ties with SpaceX, CEO Elon Musk’s private space venture. But if there is something that has become evident in recent weeks, it is the fact Tulsa will not give up its shot to net Tesla’s next factory without a fight.
The final decision about the site of Tesla’s next electric vehicle factory is expected to be relayed in a few weeks, perhaps during the company’s upcoming second quarter earnings call.
As the days count down to the fateful date, the Tulsa vs. Austin race is heating up, with the underdog from Oklahoma seemingly gaining some momentum against Austin, which seems to be encountering some speed bumps in its efforts to secure the Cybertruck Gigafactory.
Travis County, home to Austin, is expected to vote this week on a portion of 10-year tax rebates that total more than $65 million.
However, not everything is going smoothly. Similar to its experience in Gigafactory Berlin, Tesla’s impending arrival has received resistance from a number of local groups. During a hearing with the Travis County Commissioners Court last week, for example, representatives from local churches, workers groups and unions expressed concerns about the electric car maker and its proposed incentives.
These issues, at least for now, do not seem to be present in Tulsa. As noted in a Reuters report, Oklahoma has signed a nondisclosure agreement about its incentives package for Tesla, though Commerce Secretary Sean Kouplen noted its bid is comparable and at parts even better than Austin’s.
The bid includes business and personal tax breaks, and most of them are already guaranteed under state law. This means the approval of the incentives in Tulsa will not require the kinds of public votes that have already caused several delays in Austin.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Online, the city’s "Big F*cking Field" Twitter account is on high gear, and all over Tulsa, Tesla fever has pretty much set in.
Tulsa’s famous Golden Driller statue has been fitted with a Tesla logo on its chest and a face that eerily resembles Musk. The city has also secured thousands of signatures from engineers who have pledged to move to Tulsa if Tesla decides to set up shop in the city.