The GigaTexas is the second US-based Tesla factory and the fourth in the world. In a 2100 acre-land (almost 850 hectares), ground leveling is currently underway 18 days after it was announced to the world. The 1.1 billion plants are situated in Southeastern Travis Country in Austin, Texas.
Gigatexas will be the home of new production lines of the compact Model 3 and Model Y, the Cybertruck, and the Semi. Two new products are also in talks of being revealed once the factory begins operation.
Austin is a long shot from being a booming automotive market compared to Michigan, the birth place of the automotive industry. But Elon Musk still chose it to be the birthing place of the fourth, and quite possibly the largest so far of the Gigafactories.
It is said that the factory will fulfill consumer demands in Central and Eastern America. High hopes of a battery manufacturing plant are also one of the things to look forward to over the course of construction since the company will require tons of batteries if it wants to reach its production goals. Musk intends for the factory to be operational and begin production by late 2021.
One of the Tesla products that will be conceived in the factory is the Cybertruck, which has mixed reactions from the public due to its rather unusual exterior design. Elon initially designed it to be an indestructible pick-up truck that will rival that of Ford and Chrysler. He says that the Cybertruck is the vehicle that we need for an apocalypse.
The CEO is open to redesign the Cybertruck into a more traditional pick-up truck look depending on how the customers would react to it. But it looks like that won’t be the case since Tesla has disclosed about having high demand and flow of pre-orders for the Cybertruck. Musk did not specify a number or even a range when asked about the intended annual production goal for the Gigatexas.
Once the factory is operational, production will be amped up as soon as possible. Many investors have literally put their money in Tesla because of the good sales and revenue performance it has been exhibiting lately.
And with the efforts being made by Tesla to push for sustainable transport while also improving vehicle range unlike any other electric vehicles, it shows promise that the EV giant will surpass even the top-tier conventional gas-powered cars. Tesla plans to lower the cost of acquiring an EV so it won’t be long now before electric cars become the norm for transportation.