Tesla is in talks with Nashville officers to find a manufacturing facility there that can produce its all-electric Cybertruck and Mannequin Y crossover, in response to a supply accustomed to the discussions.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Tuesday night that the corporate is “scouting” places to construct a brand new U.S. gigafactory that can produce Cybertruck and Mannequin Y crossover.
“Scouting places for Cybertruck Gigafactory. Will probably be central USA,” Musk tweeted Tuesday. He added that the manufacturing facility could be used to supply Mannequin Y crossovers for the East Coast market. The primary Mannequin Y autos are being produced at its plant in Fremont, Calif.
Musk didn’t present additional data within the tweets. Nonetheless, a supply with information of the talks mentioned Nashville is on a brief listing of contenders.
Tennessee is already shaping as much as be a hub of electrical automobile manufacturing. Final yr, Volkswagen mentioned it could spend $800 million to develop its U.S. manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tenn. that would be the firm’s North American base for manufacturing electrical autos. Electrical automobile manufacturing on the Tennessee web site will start in 2022, VW mentioned on the time. In the meantime, Nissan has been producing the Nissan Leaf in Smyrna since 2013.
Tesla assembles its Mannequin S, Mannequin X and Mannequin three autos in Fremont, Calif. at a manufacturing facility that was as soon as residence to GM and Toyota’s New United Motor Manufacturing Inc (NUMMI) operation. Tesla acquired the manufacturing facility in 2010. The primary Mannequin S was produced on the manufacturing facility in June 2012.
Tesla turned its efforts to battery manufacturing and in June 2014 broke floor on its first “gigafactory” on land close to Reno, Nevada. The large construction, which has surpassed. 1.9 million sq. toes, is the place Tesla produces battery packs and electrical motors for its Mannequin three autos. The corporate has a three way partnership with Panasonic, which is making the lithium-ion cells.
Tesla additionally has a “gigafactory 2” in Buffalo, New York the place it’s producing photo voltaic cells and modules.
In 2018, Tesla struck a take care of the Chinese language authorities to construct a manufacturing facility in Shanghai, a milestone for Musk, who has lengthy considered China as an important market. The China manufacturing facility began producing the Mannequin three late final yr. The primary deliveries started in early January.
Tesla is now clearing land for an additional manufacturing facility close to Berlin. As soon as full, this German manufacturing facility will produce the Mannequin three and Mannequin Y for the European market.
The story has been up to date to mirror new details about the doable location of the manufacturing facility.