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Tesla Selects Austin Over NC for Its New Cybertruck Manufacturing Plant

July 24, 2020 / WRAL TechWire

Electric car maker Tesla has picked the Austin, Texas, area as the site for its largest auto assembly plant employing at least 5,000 workers. That’s bad news for North Carolina.

The new factory will build Tesla’s upcoming Cybertruck pickup and will be a second U.S. manufacturing site for the Model Y small SUV, largely for distribution to the East Coast.

Industrial recruiters for North Carolina had lobbied to land the plant.

In May, a group representing a so-called mega development site in the Triad made a pitch for Tesla, using an aircraft to fly a banner over the electric vehicle manufacturer’s plant in California.