Musk: Tesla Considering Plant In Texas, To Build Electric Truck…If They Win Legal Fight

4 years ago by Jay Cole 10

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Says Tesla Would Consider Second Factory In Texas...If They Win Amendment First

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Says Tesla Would Consider Second Factory In Texas…If They Win Amendment First

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?

In Four Or Five Years Mr. Musk Says He Could Be Debuting An Electric Truck In Texas

In Four Or Five Years Mr. Musk Says He Could Be Debuting An Electric Truck In Texas

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.

/seriously

“When we do establish a manufacturing plant outside of California, Texas would  be a leading candidate for that.”

Tesla Owners Line Up Their Model S Sedans At The Texas Capitol In Support Of Hearing For HB 3351

Tesla Owners Line Up Their Model S Sedans At The Texas Capitol In Support Of Hearing For HB 3351

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.

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When It Comes To Electric Trucks, This Time Bob Lutz Gets To Market First (with VIA)

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)

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10 responses to "Musk: Tesla Considering Plant In Texas, To Build Electric Truck…If They Win Legal Fight"

  1. BlindGuy says:

    Sweet!

  2. BlindGuy says:

    OK, well maybe, but are you sure we can pull our boats out the lake with that electronic truck? 😉

    1. Priusmaniac says:

      I don’t think James Cameron’s submarine was powered by gasoline. So, yes you could pull a boat.

      1. Aaron says:

        What’s a “BlindGuy” doing driving!?

        An all-wheel drive (electric motors in the hubs?) truck would be an amazing thing, especially here in Texas. Talk about torque!

  3. Anon says:

    Um, gasoline vehicles have batteries, too. And gas engines REQUIRE air to function…

  4. Airton says:

    There Sarah Palin, now they will make trucks that can carry bricks Ha!

  5. David Murray says:

    Honestly, I think Elon is blowing smoke here. For two reasons. First, that plant in CA is huge and they are using only a small portion of it. So it doesn’t make sense for them to open another facility. Second, I don’t think they are in any financial position to buy a second plant and start building a new model. They haven’t even got Model X being made yet, and bluestar hasn’t even been revealed.

    1. vdiv says:

      Mr. Musk thinks big and thinks ahead. Do you know what California has that Texas does not so much? Earthquakes and taxes. Lots and lots of taxes. All of Tesla Motors eggs are in the Numi plant. It is a very wise choice to change that.

  6. Josh says:

    I believe the electric truck part; it is the largest vehicle segment in the US and could be built on the Model S “roller-skate”. Having a plant in Texas would be appealing to Tesla from a cost standpoint, but like many other things Musk says, take the timeframe with copious amounts of kosher salt.

    SpaceX already has a major testing facility in Texas and is acquiring land in South Texas for their own spaceport, so I think Musk likes working in Texas. However, he will say just about anything right now to drum up support for this bill…and more power to him.

    1. Josh says:

      One more thought on that, Toyota builds all of their US trucks in Texas. I wonder if they would be so kind as to give Tesla another free factory?