Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Tuesday that he’s looking for a location in the “central USA” to build a new factory.
Musk revealed the plans on Twitter, saying the factory would make the company’s forthcoming Tesla Cybertruck. He also said the company is eyeing the East Coast for production of the company’s new Model Y SUV.
The Cybertruck, an electric pickup revealed at a media event in November, is set to arrive in November. Musk has said that initial orders have exceeded expectations.
“We’ll see as many as we can make” for at least three to four years, he told analysts and investors on a conference call in January. “It’s gonna be pretty nuts.”
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The Model Y is an SUV based on the same vehicle architecture as the company’s Model 3 compact sedan. It is expected to being sales in high volume later this year.
Tesla has been expanding its manufacturing footprint rapidly. The company currently builds most of its electric vehicles at its plant in Fremont, California, and most of its batteries at its plant in Reno, Nevada. Tesla also recently began production at a new factory in Shanghai and is building a new plant in Berlin.
“Scouting locations for Cybertruck Gigafactory. Will be central USA,” Musk said on Twitter.
With its stainless-steel body and futuristic look, the Tesla Cybertruck is unlike any other pickup on the market. It will carry a starting price of $39,900, a top-trim model range of up to 500-plus miles and 0-to-60 acceleration time of less than 2.9 seconds.
Its towing capacity ranges up to more than 14,000 pounds, and it boasts payload capacity of up to 3,500 pounds.
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