Tesla Inc. has chosen to locate its second U.S. auto factory in Texas, the blog Electrek reported, citing an unnamed source.
The EV maker will construct the plant in or near Austin, the typically pro-Tesla blog said.
The Associated Press and CNBC later reported that Austin and Tulsa, Okla., are finalists for the facility but that no final decision has been made.
Elon Musk said in March that Tesla was scouting for sites where it will build both the in-development Cybertruck and the Model Y crossover for customers on the East Coast. The CEO last week threatened to move the company’s headquarters and future programs to Texas or Nevada after a California county blocked the carmaker from reopening its factory in the San Francisco Bay area.
Within days, the company defied county health officials and restarted production.
Tesla unveiled the Cybertruck in November, with Musk pitching it as a radically different option from the highly lucrative pickups produced by established automakers….