As Tesla works hard to increase production capacity at Gigafactory Texas, the company is also reportedly considering some locations in North America for its next factory. The update was reportedly reported by Elon Musk during a company-wide meeting with Tesla workers.
During the meeting, Musk was asked about Tesla’s plans for the location of the company’s next US factory. In response, Musk noted that Tesla has yet to decide on a location. He said, however, that Tesla is looking more broadly at locations in North America, so regions like Canada and Mexico aren’t out of the question.
“We are looking at sites, but we are looking at some site options more broadly in North America. So including Canada and Mexico, as well as the United States,” Musk said, according to the EV Fan Blog. Electrekwho reportedly obtained a recording of the company-wide meeting.
Despite this, Musk also clarified that Tesla’s priority, for now, is to develop Gigafactory Texas. Giga Texas is still a work in progress. It’s also worth noting that the land Tesla acquired for its Texas site spans 2,100 acres (850 hectares), so there’s still a ton of space left in the complex that the company could use for expansion.
“The priority is definitely getting Giga Texas into volume production, and volume production is difficult to achieve. It’s much more important that we get (Giga) Texas volume production than finding a new site, but we’re looking,” Musk said.
For now, Gigafactory Texas is ramping up production of the Tesla Model Y, a vehicle that Elon Musk says could eventually be the world’s best-selling car, EV or otherwise. The facility, however, isn’t just for the Model Y, as other key vehicles like the Cybertruck and possibly even the Tesla Semi could also be manufactured at the Gigafactory Texas complex.
Elon Musk’s statements at the recent meeting echo his comments from the fourth quarter and full year 2021 earnings call in January. Asked about Tesla’s plans for its factories, Musk noted that an announcement for a new facility could come in late 2022. “We’re not ready to announce any new locations on this call, but we will, into 2022, look at new locations and probably (may) announce new locations towards the end of this year,” Musk said.
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