Tesla Zeros in On Texas for Cybertruck Factory
Tesla appears close to selecting Austin, Tex., for a new factory to build its strikingly styled Cybertruck.
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.
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.
Chrysler pioneered the modern-day minivan more than 30 years ago and has been refining and improving that type of vehicle ever since.
Although the term “continuous improvement” is generally associated with another company, Honda is certainly pursuing that approach, as is evidenced by the Accord, which is now in its ninth generation.
A young(ish) guy that I’ve known for a number of years, a man who spent the better part of his career writing for auto buff books and who is a car racer on the side, mentioned to me that his wife has a used Lexus ES Hybrid.