Texas is the land of big trucks, big hair and, more important to this story, big oil. Considering all of the resources that go into all that, I feel perfectly comfortable saying that efforts to save energy, get better fuel economy and otherwise "go green" haven't exactly taken off quickly in my native home state. (Composting is considered a foreign word here.) So it's a little more than ironic that electric car maker Tesla is reportedly eyeing Dallas as a site for its new $5B gigafactory. Yes, it seems Tesla could want to build batteries for its electric cars just a hop, skip and jump away from Big Tex. It's also interesting to note, Tesla just opened a gallery at North Park Center in Dallas.
Tesla wouldn't be the only automaker to decide on Texas. There's a ton of land available, it comes fairly cheaply, and let's face it, what other state has an 85 mph highway! If Tesla decides to build here, it will follow in Toyota's recent footsteps. In July, the automaker announced it was moving its North American operations from Southern California to Plano. Tax incentives and cheaper real estate played a major role in the move.
Dallas is just one location in the running for Tesla's massive battery factory. San Antonio is on the list as well, plus other sites in Nevada, Arizona, California and New Mexico. But don't expect any announcements tomorrow, the next day, or even the next. Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the final location won't be revealed until the end of the year.