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.

Story via AutomotiveNews

By Ciprian Florea