Elon Musk announced that Tesla would be expanding the EV automaker’s Gigafactory empire for Cybertruck and Model Y production. Tesla and Musk’s decision to build more Gigafactories comes at a prime time as the EV revolution is finally picking up steam from legacy automakers. The only question is: Will OEMs ever catch up to Tesla?
Elon Musk recently tweeted that Tesla would be building a Gigafactory in central USA for Cybertruck and Model Y production. Based on one of his replies, it appears that the new Gigafactory will be producing CYBRTRK and Model Y vehicles to reservation holders on the east coast.
In February, the Tesla CEO asked his Twitter followers about a potential Giga Texas, which received a lot of support. Giga Texas would have been a good location for Cybertruck production because it would place Tesla’s EV truck in the pickup capital of the US. However, since his Giga Texas tweet, neither Tesla nor Musk said more about a Gigafactory in the state.
Model Y production for east coast too— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 11, 2020
Besides Texas, other states in central US that Tesla could be looking at include North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Sometimes Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Alabama are also considered to be in central US, so Tesla could also be considering building a Gigafactory in those states as well.
Tesla’s decision to expand its Gigafactory empire comes at a prime time for the EV automaker. Building more Gigafactories will help Tesla grow as a company by increasing its vehicle production capacity, which is one of the factors that Tesla skeptics always bring up about the company.
Tesla skeptics always seem to compare Tesla’s vehicle production output to that of legacy automakers. They like to remind people that Tesla only makes hundreds of thousands of cars compared to the millions of vehicles OEMs produce in a year, often disregarding the fact that most Tesla vehicles are preordered and already have buyers.
Giga Texas?— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 5, 2020
With more Gigafactories, Tesla can gradually work its way to a million vehicles a year. Just recently, Elon Musk announced that Tesla made its one-millionth vehicle. The EV automaker is set to make its two-millionth car within the next couple of years, thanks to the Model Y.
Tesla’s goal for 2020 is to produce 500,000 cars by the end of the year. Recent news from Giga Shanghai indicated that 250,000 vehicles could be produced in China alone by the end of 2020.
Tesla Giga Berlin will add to Tesla’s production capacity by 2021, starting with the Model Y. Tesla’s long-term goal for Giga Berlin is a 500,000 vehicle output.
Currently, Tesla stands at the forefront of the EV revolution. Legacy automakers, like GM, Daimler, and BMW, are just starting to develop viable electric vehicles. With more Gigafactories, Tesla would strengthen its position in the EV market, widening the gap between itself and other OEMs even further.
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