With hundreds of thousands of orders in hand, Tesla needs to set up the new Cybertruck factory soon and start building it

The Cybertruck created a lot of buzz when it was launched. We got to know the prices and tentative launch dates, but no one knew where it would be built; until now. We still don’t know the exact location, but it’s been narrowed down the Central U.S.

Elon Musk tweeted that Tesla is on the hunt for a location in the Central U.S. to build the Cybertruck. This news falls in line with Musk’s earlier idea of setting up a factory in Texas, but we didn’t know it would be for Tesla’s pickup truck.

The Cybertruck Gigafactory Will Also Build The Model Y

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This squashes the earlier rumors that the Cybertruck will be built at the Fremont facility. The current batch of Model Ys is being built there, but Musk added in the same tweet that the upcoming crossover’s manufacturing will also be moved to the East Coast.

That means even though Musk called it the Cybertruck Gigafactory, both the Cybertruck as well as the Model Y will be manufactured here. This upcoming facility would be the fifth Gigafactory, with the previous ones in Nevada, New York, Shanghai, and Berlin. The Fremont facility is not called Gigafactory.

Will the Tesla Cybertruck and Model Y Be Built in Texas?

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When Musk had asked his followers on twitter if the next Gigafctory should be set up in Texas, 80-percent were in favor of it and 20-percent were against it. Over 300,000 people voted on the poll. If you look at the stats, Texas was the biggest light truck market in the U.S. in 2018, but it is also one of the late adopters of EVs.

Ironically, Texas currently bans Tesla from selling cars in the state and you can only buy cars only via the internet or over the phone. Imagine building a vehicle but not being able to sell it there! Fun fact: that actually is the case in many countries where the automaker builds a particular model and exports it, but doesn’t sell it over there.

Why Not Call It Cyberfactory?

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Musk had also earlier announced that moving forward, the factories won’t be referred to as Gigafactory 1,2,3, etc. Instead, it will now be known as “Giga” followed by the location. His tweet read like this:

“Going with nomenclature of Giga [most widely understood location name] vs Giga #, with Giga Shanghai, Giga Nevada, Giga New York & Giga Berlin.”

So, the factory for Cybertruck will be known as Cybertruck Giga followed by the location. Will it be Cybertruck Giga Texas, or Cybertruck Giga Nashville? Wait, where did Nashville come from?

The Fifth Gigafactory Could Be Built In Tennessee

According to Tech Crunch, “Tesla is in talks with Nashville officials to locate a factory there that will produce its all-electric Cybertruck and Model Y crossover, according to a source familiar with the discussions.”

Tennessee is actually turning out to be the EV manufacturers’ choice. Volkswagen is pumping $800 million in its Chattanooga factory to turn it into the German automaker’s North American base for producing electric cars. Volkswagen will begin production here from 2022 on. Nissan is already building the leaf in Smyrna since 2013.

Final Thoughts

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Despite all the criticism initially, the Cybertruck has bagged around half-a-million orders to date. With the deliveries slated to begin next year, Tesla needs to speed up the process and get started with the factory at the earliest to stick to its timeline. Where do you think Tesla will set up the new Gigafactory – Texas or Tennessee? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

2021 Tesla Cybertruck specifications
Single-motor RWD Dual-motor AWD Tri-motor AWD
Horsepower: >400 HP 690 HP 800 HP
Torque: TBA 824 LB-FT 1,000 LB-FT
Range: 250+ miles 300+ miles 500+ miles
0-60 mph: 6.5 seconds 4.5 seconds 2.9 seconds
Top Speed: 110 mph 120 mph 130 mph
Payload Capacity: 3,500 pounds 3,500 pounds 3,500 pounds
Towing Capacity: 7,500 pounds 10,000 pounds 14,000 pounds
Price $39,900 $49,900 $69,900
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