Tesla has laid out a speedy construction timetable for its upcoming . You know, the one that's scheduled to ? I'm sure you're heard of it by now. Documents Tesla prepared for the Request For Proposal stage, where contractors bid for various construction work, show the electric carmaker aims for a May 21, 2021 "substantial completion" date.
By the American Institute of Architects' definition, "substantial completion" means the project sits at a point where the building can function as its intended purpose. While construction wouldn't be completely finished, Tesla could potentially begin production shortly thereafter. After all, the first Cybertrucks are supposed to Model Y for the eastern part of the US, freeing up space at its plant in Fremont, California., followed by less powerful models in 2022. Tesla also plans to use the new facility to build the
Work's already begun at the site in Austin, but the real work will start as RFPs go out for electrical, plumbing, carpentry and HVAC this month, according to the documents. In November, the automaker plans to send RFPs for architectural interiors. The entire construction will cost about $400 million, Tesla said.
Austin landed the new factory after plenty of rumors and publicity surrounding a new US factory. It competed with Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the final stages of the selection process. Ultimately, based on reports, the incentives and tax breaks aligned for Tesla to make the move on Texas. Oklahoma, meanwhile, plans to try andas it prepares to begin production in Texas as early as next year.