Billed as Tesla’s “Cybertruck Gigafactory,” the facility will be the main production plant for its upcoming all-electric Cybertruck, and Model 3/Model Y vehicles for customers in the eastern half of the U.S.
“It will be stunning. It’s right by the Colorado River. It will have a boardwalk… It will be an ecological paradise. It will be open to the public as well,” CEO Elon Musk noted.
Musk confirmed that development on the new Giga Texas facility began on the weekend of July 17.
Speculation has been ongoing for months regarding where Tesla would ultimately decide to put its second U.S. electric vehicle production facility. In mid-May, reports indicated that Tesla was conflicted between Austin and Tulsa, OK, for its new facility, and both locations were being considered seriously.
Austin had initially come out as the frontrunner in the race, but Tulsa had also emerged as a massive contender.
In January, Musk tested the waters for a Texas Gigafactory that would be responsible for building the all-electric pickup. It was later revealed that the new factory would also produce the Model Y and Model 3.
To decrease delivery wait times for customers in the eastern half of North America, Musk indicated the new factory would be located in the central U.S. The company also wanted the new facility to be the largest yet, which would require ample land mass and a significant workforce.
In mid-June, Tesla was offered a 2,100-acre plot of land just 12 miles outside of Austin. Musk confirmed Tesla had been offered the Texas plot of land, but had not made any moves on purchasing the property because other areas were still being considered.
Texas has offered Tesla $14 million in tax breaks over 10 years as long as the electric automaker invests $1.1 billion.
During the Q1 2020 Earnings Call, Tesla CFO Zach Kirkhorn said the new factory would be the company’s largest yet.