TULSA, Okla. — Plans of a Tesla plant in Oklahoma may happen if state leaders can get their way.
The latest push for the Tulsa in Tesla campaign lead to a meeting with Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Gov. Kevin Stitt on Friday.
“Thanks for hosting me in Tulsa today!” Musk tweeted Friday night.
Tesla picked Austin and Tulsa as finalists for its new U.S. assembly plant on May 15.
The new factory will be Tesla’s biggest so far. The electric car maker has said it wants the factory to be in the center of the country and closer to East Coast markets.
The stakes are high for state and local governments, which covet auto factories because they have a lot of workers and normally pay well, generating income and property taxes.
“Oklahoma is the right place for Tesla and I thank all of the Oklahomans who have shown their overwhelming support,” Stitt tweeted Saturday. “Keep it up!”
Tesla's current U.S. vehicle assembly factory is in Fremont, California, which employs 10,000 workers. The company has a second U.S. factory in Reno, where it builds batteries for its vehicles and employs about 6,500 people. It also has a factory in Shanghai and another one under construction in Germany.
The new factory would build Tesla’s upcoming “Cybertruck” as well as be a second site to build the Model Y small SUV.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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