May 18, 2020 - Economy & Business

Tesla to decide between Austin and Tulsa for next U.S. factory

Ben Geman, author of Generate

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Tesla is deciding between Austin, Texas, and Tulsa, Oklahoma as the locations for its next U.S. factory, multiple outlets reported in recent days.

Why it matters: The reports, while hedged, add some clarity to the question of where Tesla will build Model Y crossovers for East Coast delivery, as well as the Cybertruck.

Driving the news: The Associated Press and TechCrunch report that company officials toured two sites in Tulsa in recent days.

  • Tesla did not provide comment on the reports. And keep this in mind: "It wasn’t clear if there were any other finalists in the mix," AP notes.

Flashback: In March a source familiar with the electric automaker's planning told Axios and other outlets that Nashville, Tenn., was under serious consideration.

  • But on Friday TechCrunch, citing an anonymous source, reported that Tesla has informed officials the city is out of the running.

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