Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced today (July 22 local time) that Tesla will build the company’s next U.S. plant in Austin, Texas, and that the site is finally over,media reported. Mr Musk said construction work had begun on the plant. Recently, Tesla received tens of millions of dollars in tax breaks in a County and a local school district.
The plant will be built in a county in Texas. The company is also considering Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Musk said Tesla would strongly consider it as a future project.
In addition, Musk said the new plant in Texas will open to the public, and they will build a boardwalk, hiking trail and bike path. “It’s going to be basically an ecological paradise. There are birds, butterflies and fish in the river,” he said.
In addition to the Cybertruck, Tesla will build modelS Y and Model 3 and Tesla Semi, Musk said. This will be the company’s fourth plant in the U.S., followed by three in California (automotive), Nevada (battery plant) and New York (solar plant). Tesla also has an auto plant in Shanghai, China, and is building another new plant in Berlin, Germany.
Tesla is understood to be building about 2,100 acres of land, about two miles east of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and about two miles from the Colorado River in Texas.
Tesla plans to hire 5,000 employees at the plant, with an average salary of $47,147 and a starting salary of $35,000 for grassroots jobs. The company will invest at least $1 billion in it.
It’s unclear whether Tesla’s choice to build a plant in the Austin area has been promised by Texas. But Austin Mayor Steve Adler said in a statement that the plant would be “an important economic driver for the East Austin area, especially as we battle the economic impact of the (new crown) virus.”