Tesla Picks Austin Over Tulsa For Cybertruck Plant
For months now, Elon Musk has been wining and dining both Oklahoma and Texas looking for a new home of the newest Tesla Motors model, the polarizing Cybertruck. You see, Musk was very unhappy with the response California had to the coronavirus pandemic early on. That state made it impossible for Tesla to continue manufacturing, so he vowed to move to a state that had already opened back up. If the response to a global pandemic was the solve for x, Oklahoma and Texas were prime candidates. Yes, both states closed in April, but both reopened the economies in May due to the financial constraints put on the citizens. It's a double edge sword we live in a state that won't go $60billion in debt to give away free money. While it would help people, debt is bad mmmkay?
Since the state scouting began, I had a theory. While it would be great for Tulsa to gain a big manufacturing plant, it didn't make any sense for the brand. It's a town built on oil. While it would be almost poetic for an oil town to be on the cutting edge of electric vehicle technology, it just didn't add up. I just figured, since it's illegal to sell Tesla vehicles in the state of Texas, Tulsa was being used as a pawn to entice the Lone Star state to change it's laws and allow Tesla to sell there. That makes sense.
For the record, the reason it's illegal for Tesla to sell direct to consumers in Texas has nothing to do with it being an electric vehicle company. Several states, including Oklahoma require a standing brick and mortar franchised dealerships in order to sell cars. While you can test drive at Tesla locations in the state, they cannot sell or finance from the corporate company stores. Tesla doesn't operate like that, they sell direct online and deliver vehicles by freight.
There's no telling the laws will change, but if big business and big government have one thing in common, backdoor deals happen all the time. I'm sure Texas will quickly become Tesla friendly territory in time.
Texas will gain 5000 jobs. While that would be a tremendous thing for Tulsa and Oklahoma on the whole, some feel it's a blessing we missed the Tesla mark.
Brace yourself for staggering new information... Oklahoma is pretty conservative. Sure, there are bits of blue in every city, but it's overwhelmingly deep red. While this manufacturing plant would have been a great economic boom, many citizens are happy Musk won't be bringing California political culture to the state. We've seen how much Texas has changed being the #1 relocation destination in America for those that lean left. It's politically purple at the moment on its way to becoming a huge swing state. I'm not sure how politics will follow the company, but more than likely, this is sentiment aimed at saving face.