Today, Governor Greg Abbott of the great State of Texas announced on his public Facebook page that Tesla has chosen the Lone Star State as its next factory location. Of course, the Texas factory will build a truck and it is the wild Cybertruck that has the interweb jazzed.
On the Facebook page,Governor Abbot wrote:
Thanks to Elon Musk and Tesla for embracing our great state. The Gigafactory will employee thousands of Texans and be a cornerstone for next generation innovation. It’s been fun to get to know you. Welcome to Texas.
Within minutes, the post had thousands of shares and comments. The comments are all over the map. Some point out that the governor and Elon Musk are less than six feet apart and not wearing masks. Oops! Many were positive and uplifting. Many were welcoming from Texas residents.
Our Tesla factory reporter and Torque News principal, Armen Hareyan, will have more on this story as it develops. One angle we love is that Texas was the state that pushed back on Tesla's direct-to-consumer sales model the hardest. Kudos to Mr. Musk for following Toyota out of California and into a more welcoming manufacturing state.
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