Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced that the company is building its largest auto assembly plant in Austin. The 2,100-acre site will be located in Travis County near Austin-Bergstrom Airport. Here’s what you need to know about the Tesla Austin Gigafactory.
About the Tesla Austin Gigafactory
Tesla’s Austin Gigafactory will build the new Cybertruck pickup. It’s also the second manufacturing site of the Model Y small SUV. The eastern markets will get their vehicles from this plant. Musk has described the plant as an “ecological paradise” that will have a boardwalk along with a public biking and hiking trail.
The company receive more than $60 million in tax breaks from the local school district and the county over a 10-year period. It’s not surprising that Tesla chose Texas. Musk has his SpaceX rocket company in Brownsville and McGregor.
Tesla plans to invest $1.1 billion in the new Austin Gigafactory that will employ at least 5,000 people. Employees will receive a minimum wage of $15 per hour as well as health insurance, paid leave, and other benefits.
About the Tesla Cybertruck
The company describes the all-electric Cybertruck as having “better utility than a truck and with more performance than a sports car.” The Cybertruck Tri-Motor all-wheel drive can accelerate 0 to 60 mph in an impressive 2.9 seconds and yield 500 miles on an electric charge.
It’ll have an exterior shell made for durability and passenger protection. This exoskeleton is designed for strength and endurance. The exoskeleton will contain ultra-hard 30X cold-rolled stainless-steel structural skin and Tesla armor glass.
Tesla promises this exoskeleton will minimize dents, damage, and long-term corrosion while providing maximum passenger protection. It has a towing capacity of over 14,000 pounds. An adaptive air suspension can raise and lower the suspension by four inches.
The Cybertruck will feature up to 3,500 pounds of payload capacity and adjustable air suspension. Tesla has engineered the Cybertruck with 100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage. It seats six passengers comfortably with storage under the second-row seats. Storage also includes a frunk and sail pillars. According to the company website, the Cybertruck will enter production in late 2021. It’ll be exciting times for Tesla Texas!