Musk: Tesla Considering Plant In Texas, To Build Electric Truck…If They Win Legal Fight
While Tesla currently finds itself in a legal battle with state dealers in Texas to sell and service electric cars, did Elon Musk just put out a fairly public, um….incentive, if a ruling goes the company’s way?
During a conversation with the Automotive News about an amendment introduced by Tesla to Texas state law, that would enable the company to sell and service their electric cars in that state, Tesla CEO Elon Musk pretty much said if the company wins, Tesla would consider building its second plant there in the future…to maybe build an electric truck.
“When we do establish a manufacturing plant outside of California, Texas would be a leading candidate for that.”
The Tesla CEO also said the company could invest “tens of millions” in Texas to open boutique showrooms and service centers across the state, as well as looking at setting up the company’s second assembly facility there as soon as three years from now.
“If we were allowed to go direct, I think we would make Texas on par with California in terms of emphasis,” Musk told the Automotive News.
The notion that Tesla could bring a second plant online in Texas anytime soon seems remote, but the CEO takes it one step further by saying the company could also build an electric truck in that plant of the future.
“I have this idea for a really advanced electric truck that has the performance of a sports car but actually more towing power and more carrying capacity than a gasoline or diesel truck of comparable size. That could be really cool, and I think that would probably make sense to do that at a new plant.”
So, is this a bribe? An incentive? Or just random coincidence that the Tesla CEO is now currently talking out loud about electric trucks built in Texas? And is this fair ball against the Texas Automotive Dealers Association?
Musk quotes via Automotive News (sub)