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F-150 EV Rival Tesla Cybertruck To Be Built In Austin, Texas At Its Biggest Factory Yet

No state is as synonymous with the pickup truck as Texas, where most residents wouldn’t dream of driving anything else. After all, the Ford F-150 King Ranch is itself a nod to the real-life 825,000 acre plot of land near Kingsville, Texas, one of the more famous ranches in the U.S. But now, there’s a new pickup in town, and it’s one that’s already taken direct aim at the F-150 – the Tesla Cybertruck.

After mulling various options over the past several weeks, Tesla has announced that it has chosen Austin, Texas as the location for its newest and biggest Gigafactory. Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed the decision on the automaker’s Q2 earnings call this week, and also said that construction of the 2,100 acre site, a mere five minutes from the Austin airport and along the Colorado River, began over the weekend.

This giant factory will produce not only the forthcoming 2021 Cybertruck, but also the Model 3, Model Y, and Tesla’s new semi truck. Interestingly enough, Musk also said that the site will be open to the public, and will be an “ecological paradise,” complete with a boardwalk and a biking and hiking trail. Tesla is spending $1.1 billion on the factory, which will employ 5,000 people and pay a minimum wage of $15 per hour.

The new Austin facility will join existing Tesla plants in Fremont, California and Shanghai, China, as well as another currently under construction in Germany.

The Cybertruck is scheduled to enter production in late 2021, beating the Ford F-150 EV to market, which is expected to arrive by mid-2022. By then, the electric pickup market will be a crowded one, with the F-150 EV set to battle the Cybertruck, Nikola Badger, Rivian R1T, Lordstown Motors Endurance, and GMC Hummer EV SUT.

We’ll have much more on the F-150 EV’s competition soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-Series news, Ford F-150 news, and continuous Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. fpvfan

    Ford needs to come out with an F150 based truck called the Atlas and make it all electric. With what ford has done with the Cobra Jet 1400 and the Mach E RTR 1400, Ford should have no problem destroying that hideous truck that tesla is making. I’d say if the world is going with electric vehicles and Hybrids, then Ford has the potential to be off at a good start. Hopefully they will pay attention to the things that Honda and Acura are doing and follow suit with their own version of non-plug in hybrid performance as well as hybrid performance. The Mach E RTR 1400 and Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 have already proven that Ford can dominate the performance electric market with insane amounts of electric power. With the fact that GM and Ford have been seen partnering on things, I’m hoping the new GMC Hummer electric truck will get a bit of co-partnership with Ford and that Ford will be able to produce something with a similar powertrain and both companies will stomp Tesla back into the ground from whence it came.

    1. Ford Owner

      Ford will lead and dominate the EV truck market soon enough as the F-150 has a immensely huge group of fans and a multi-billion dollar aftermarket. The electric version will join that market easily!

  2. morrisangelo

    Glad to see Tesla setting up shop in Texas.

    1. Ford Owner

      But very few Texans (just the Tesla employees who live and work there) will buy it. The most sold vehicle in all of Texas for decades is the Ford F-150 truck. I know because my Dad lived there, and every time I visited him, almost all I see on the roads and parked in carports were Ford trucks. I bet most Cybertrucks buyers live in California and really don’t need it as a truck!


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