The race to secure Tesla’s next factory is apparently over. According to a reliable source familiar with the matter, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is set on bringing the next Tesla Gigafactory, or now Terafactory, to Austin, or at least close to the city.
Elon Musk’s recent clashes with officials in Alameda County, home of Tesla’s Fremont factory, may have given him a heightened sense of urgency to find Tesla’s next US factory.
On Friday, several news outlets reported that Tesla was narrowing in on a new location to build the Model Y crossover and Tesla’s forthcoming Cybertruck.
It’s now apparent that Tesla founder Elon Musk wasn’t exaggerating when he tweeted that he would abandon California for a more business-friendly state like Texas or Nevada.
In his tweet, Musk said he would move Tesla “HQ and future programs” out of California “immediately.”
However Electrek reports that this project is not directly related to that announcement.
Electrek, a pro-Tesla site whose co-founder Fred Lambert has good connections inside the company. Just before 3pm Eastern time, Lambert reported that Tesla had settled on Austin, Texas as the site of its next factory.
“We are told that the decision for the site is not set in stone since Tesla was apparently given a few options in the greater Austin area,” Lambert wrote. “But Musk is said to want to start construction extremely soon and aims to have Model Y vehicles coming out of the plant by the end of the year.”
Earlier in May, Musk tweeted about selling his physical possessions, including a California home that formerly belonged to actor Gene Wilder.
So building a Texas car factory could be part of a broader shift in Musk’s life—from spending most of his time in California to spending most of his time in the Lone Star State.
Musk has spent the last 15 years shuttling back and forth between SpaceX offices in Los Angeles and Tesla’s facilities in the Bay Area in his private jet.
Going back and forth between SpaceX’s South Texas operation and a new Tesla headquarters in the Austin area wouldn’t be such a big change in his routine.