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Tesla Zeros in On Texas for Cybertruck Factory

A site somewhere in Oklahoma remains an option
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Tesla appears close to selecting Austin, Tex., for a new factory to build its strikingly styled Cybertruck.

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The company unveiled the fullsize electric truck last November and has been looking for a plant location to produce it since March.

In an application for a tax abatement, Tesla says it is “evaluating the possible development, design and construction of an electric-vehicle manufacturing plant in Travis County,” which encompasses Austin, Bloomberg News reports.

Just Looking?

Tesla says it has its eye on a 2,100-acre site just east of the city that is currently used as a ready-mix concrete production facility. The company says it’s also looking at sites in Oklahoma and has not made a final decision.

Tesla plans to begin construction this year of a factory that would open in late 2021 with unspecified annual capacity. The facility eventually will employ 4,000-5,000 people and produce the company’s Model Y crossover vehicle in addition to the Cybertruck, according to Bloomberg.

The angular rear-drive pickup is expected to debut at $39,000. It will be joined in 2022 by a three-motor, all-wheel-drive model priced at $69,900 that can tow 14,000 pounds and, unencumbered, zip from zero to 60 mph in less than 2.9 seconds and travel 500 miles on a charge.

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