Tesla CEO Elon Musk hinted at plans for a so-called gigafactory in Texas by asking his Twitter followers whether the electric car maker should build one there.
“Giga Texas?” Musk wrote in an early Wednesday tweet accompanied by a poll with two possible responses: “Hell yeah” or “Nope.” The question had garnered more than 191,000 responses as of about 8:10 a.m.
“Gigafactory” is the name Musk has given to Tesla’s production plants.
The billionaire executive’s query came as Tesla works to build its fourth Gigafactory near Berlin. Its three existing Gigafactories — which produce cars, batteries and solar energy products — are in Sparks, Nevada; Buffalo, New York; and Shanghai, China.
Musk has said Tesla needs to boost battery capacity to support models such as the Cybertruck. The high-end version of the futuristic pickup will have an estimated range of more than 500 miles, Tesla has said.
“We’ve got to scale battery production to crazy levels that people cannot even fathom today,” Musk said on Tesla’s earnings conference call last week. “That’s the real problem.”
Tesla had battled with Texas lawmakers to change a law barring auto manufacturers from owning their own dealerships until last March, when Musk abruptly said the company would only sell cars online, the Austin American-Statesman has reported.
Musk hinted at plans for a new factory amid a massive stock boom for Tesla that has helped add $17.6 billion to his net worth so far this year, according to Bloomberg. The company’s shares closed up nearly 14 percent Tuesday at $887.06 after crossing $900 in intraday trading.
But Tesla stock was down 3.1 percent at $859.00 in premarket trading as of 8:18 a.m.
With Post wires