Bdubbed “Giga Texas”, the plant covers an area equivalent to a hundred football fields. Operational since the end of 2021, it is Tesla’s fifth “mega-factory”, after those in Nevada, New York, Shanghai and Berlin. The building is “longer than the Burj Khalifa”, assured Elon Musk, in reference to the tallest skyscraper in the world, located in Dubai. “It is the most sophisticated automobile factory ever seen on earth,” he added. “Materials go in one side, cars come out the other”.
He reviewed the premium electric vehicle brand’s future products, such as the Cybertruck pickup, which is due to start production in 2023, or the humanoid robot Optimus, which “will do what humans don’t want to do.” . The entrepreneur has also again promised a completely autonomous “robot-taxi”.
In the immediate future, he has set a goal for the factory to produce 500,000 Model Ys per year.
Like Oracle, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and other California companies that have set their sights on Texas in recent years, Elon Musk moved Tesla’s headquarters to Austin in late 2021. Texas is known for its conservative policies – he made the headlines recently for passing a particularly restrictive abortion law – and for its tax incentives: there are no corporate and income taxes.
According to the Austin American-Statesman, Tesla benefited from tax exemptions valued at more than 60 million dollars to build its mega-factory, supposed to eventually employ 10,000 people.