Tesla Pondering High-Performance Electric Truck
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said the company is looking to build a new facility in Texas and could develop an electric pickup truck in the future.
“When we do establish a manufacturing plant outside of California, Texas would be a leading candidate for that,” said Musk, who is now fighting for new laws to allow Tesla to sell its vehicles directly to consumers. “If we are allowed to go direct, I think we would make Texas on par with California,” he added.
According to Musk, a second plant could allow Tesla to develop additional models, including an advanced, high-performance electric pickup truck.
“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,” Musk said, adding that such a vehicle won’t arrive in the next four or five years.
Tesla Motors’ only plant is located in Fremont, California and was opened in October 2010.
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