Feature Illustration: Rendering of the Tesla Gigafactory being constructed in Germany. Tesla will soon begin construction on a similar plant in east Travis County.
by Art Benavidez
Austin (Travis County) — According to various reports, Tesla has added more land to its $1.1 billion Cybertrunk plant in order to further expand the production process for their future Southeast Austin Gigafactory facility.
According to the Austin American Statesman, the company recently purchased an additional 381 acres next to the future manufacturing site of their Cybertruck vehicle.
Tesla purchased the land from Martin Marietta, the building material supplier, which will supply the concrete for Tesla’s factory, according to the American-Statesman. The supplier operates a concrete plant on the site, which will supply the concrete for Tesla’s factory.
According to the Austin newspaper, Tesla desires to commence operations by the start of May 2021, and they are reporting that Tesla continues to pursue buying more land near the site, continuing the company’s steadfast commitment to quickly build a world class manufacturing facility.
Tesla originally paid $97 million to the city of Austin for the land in August.
The site previously consisted of 2,100 acres at the intersection of Harold Green Road and Texas State Highway 130 toll road, near the Austin airport. The site now comprises approximately 2,500 acres.
VBX has learned that on August 5, Garza EMC applied for a development permit with Travis County that is under review. On September 25, Austin Commercial Construction Trailers applied for a permit to set up temporary construction trailers for Austin Commercial that is also under review.
Tesla Procurement Manager Jessica Munoz told the Community Impact Newspaper that a chief design firm had already been selected, Jacobs Engineering, but the company still needs additional design and engineering consultants to assist with surveying.
Community Impact Newspapers reported that Tesla will request proposals for fencing, waste and recycling subcontracts this month, and in November, proposals for architectural interior work will begin.
Tesla is currently looking for subcontractors for various jobs including site logistics, painting, flooring, fireproofing, interior finishing, plumbing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and electrical projects, according to reports.
Companies interested in subcontracting with Tesla must complete the company’s pre-qualification process, called eComply.
Tesla’s Cybertruck is expected to hit the facility’s production line by the end of the fourth quarter 2021 and reports have stated that the company has already begun to level the ground at the site.