Elon Musk, the billionaire chief govt officer of Tesla Inc, went on Twitter to ask customers if the electrical carmaker ought to construct a brand new gigafactory in Texas.
“Giga Texas?” Musk tweeted, giving two choices – “hell yeah” and “nope”. The ballot garnered over 102,000 responses as of 11:15pm PT Feb 4 (3:15pm Malaysia, Feb 5), with about 80% voting in favour of the brand new gigafactory.
Tesla at present has two gigafactories in the US and one in Shanghai, China. The carmaker in November introduced plans to construct its first European manufacturing unit and design centre close to Berlin.
Throughout an earnings convention name final week, Musk mentioned that Tesla wants to extend its battery capability to provide high-capacity fashions like Cybertruck.
“We have to scale battery manufacturing to loopy ranges that individuals can’t even fathom at this time. That is the actual drawback,” he mentioned.
Tesla shares have been on a tear lately, greater than doubling the corporate’s market worth for the reason that begin of the yr as extra buyers wager on Musk’s imaginative and prescient. The inventory, which closed up 14% on Feb Four at US$887.06 (RM3,657.54), has surged almost 400% since early June.
The newest bump was partly fueled by a quarterly revenue at Japanese battery maker Panasonic Corp’s battery enterprise with the US automotive maker.
Tesla didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon Musk’s Texas gigafactory tweet. – Reuters