Tesla is production constrained. Although construction is proceeding at both Giga Berlin (Tesla’s first European Gigafactory) and Giga Shanghai Phase 2, that isn’t enough. Now, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk is teasing future locations for a new US Gigafactory.
Musk teases new US Cybertruck and Model Y Gigafactory
This news came in a recent tweet from Musk, who teases both a Cybertruck and Model Y Gigafactory. What’s more, it addresses some long-running concerns. Tesla’s Fremont factory is already packed to the gills. This means that it will be hard to fit in more production in Tesla’s Californian automaker plant.
Tesla has also got over 550,000 Cybertruck reservations, according to unofficial data. Nevertheless, Tesla still has not got a facility set to produce the vehicle, which will reach market in 2021.
Tesla is looking for more production capacity
In addition to this, Tesla will also soon begin production of the Tesla Semi. Although some speculate Tesla could deploy the production of some of these vehicles to Giga Nevada, this is not ideal.
Specifically, the available and capable workforce pool close to Giga Nevada is already running low. This has made some speculate that Tesla may be planning a new Gigafactory in the US. Now, Musk confirms that Tesla is currently “scouting locations”.
Scouting locations for Cybertruck Gigafactory. Will be central USA.
In one of Musk’s tweets, he says that the US Cybertruck Gigafactory will be somewhere in “central USA”. Nevertheless, this is not the first time Musk floats this idea. Roughly one month ago, Musk sent a tweet simply asking his followers “Giga Texas?”.
At the time of writing, over eighty percent of respondents have already said “hell yeah” to Musk’s question. Moreover, Texas is often seen as the truck heartland of the US. Local production could likely do a lot to win over hardcore ICE truck fans.
However, Musk has previously said that he sees Model Y as potentially outselling the rest of Tesla’s lineup combined. It is, however, just as unclear where this East Coast facility would be. Tesla’s existing “Giga New York” in Buffalo is already focusing on Tesla’s Energy sector.
As such, it is likely at peak capacity. The fact that Musk is also “scouting” for locations indicate that this upcoming factory could come to a completely new area. As always, it remains to see what comes of these “scouting” efforts.
Interestingly, this comes just days after Musk was reportedly talking to the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, regarding a Brazilian Gigafactory. It is unclear whether Tesla is still planning to bring local production to South America. Musk has said that he eventually aims to deploy local Tesla production to “every continent”, so it is certainly possible.