Tesla Officials visited two locations in Tulsa, Oklahoma this week to look for a location for the future and the fifth gigafactory to produce the fully electric crossover Cybertruck and Model Y, theinformationsuperhighway said.
Company representatives also visited Austin. A final decision has not yet been made, but Austin and Tulsa are among the finalists, according to the source. The AP also reported Tulsa and Austin as top picks for the gigafactory.
Tesla expects to make a decision next month, "certainly within three months," CEO Elon Musk said on April 29 during the company's earnings call for the first quarter.
Musk tweeted in March that Tesla was looking for a so-called "Cybertruck Gigafactory". Musk said at the time that the factory was located in the central part of the United States and would be used to manufacture Model Y crossovers for the east coast market as well as for the cyber truck.
Not long after the tweets, theinformationsuperhighway learned that Tesla had Nashville in mind and had spoken to officials there. theinformationsuperhighway has confirmed that Tesla has told Nashville officials that the city is no longer an option for its gigafabrial location.
An email was sent to Tesla asking for a comment. The article will be updated when Tesla replies.
Tulsa Mayor G.T. The Bynum office made a statement that does not confirm or refuse the talks.
"Although I cannot comment on potential projects, it is clear that Tesla and Tulsa were forged in the same way," said Bynum in an emailed statement. “Both were founded by pioneers who had big dreams and made it possible. Both are trying to change the world with a new kind of energy. Both invest a lot in what is most important: people. Tulsa is a city that doesn't stifle entrepreneurs – we adore them. And with Tesla changing transportation around the world faster and faster, I can't think of a better place for them to do this important work than Green Country. "
This next gigafactory, wherever it is located, is likely to be larger and produce multiple products, CFO Zachary Kirkhorn said during the same call on April 29.
"This is based on the belief that there will be significant efficiency gains if there are as many and similar product lines under one roof and as much vertical integration as possible in one facility," said Kirkhorn.
Musk has referred to these as future plants as “Tera” factories – an allusion to terawatts or more precisely to a terawatt hour of battery capacity. The company's first “gigafactory” is in Sparks, Nevada. The massive structure that has surpassed. Tesla produces batteries and electric motors for its Model 3 vehicles on an area of 1.9 million square meters. The company has a joint venture with Panasonic, which produces the lithium-ion cells.
Tesla called the Sparks plant a "gigafactory" because the company said at the time that it could produce 35 gigawatt hours of battery cells per year.
Tesla assembles its Model S, Model X, and Model 3 vehicles in Fremont, California, at a facility that was formerly used by GM and Toyota New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. (NUMMI). Tesla acquired the plant in 2010. The first Model S was manufactured in the plant in June 2012.
Tesla produces solar cells and modules in “Gigafactory 2” in Buffalo, New York. The company's third gigafactory is located in Shanghai, China, and started producing Model 3 at the end of last year. The first deliveries started in early January.
Tesla is now preparing to build another factory near Berlin. Upon completion, this German plant will produce Model 3 and Model Y for the European market.