It really, really wants Tesla's next factory to be built here.
When the Tesla Cybertruck finally enters production, it won't be at Tesla's Fremont vehicle assembly plant, but an all-new factory whose whereabouts are still to be determined. One small city in Missouri badly wants the factory to be located there, offering a total of $1 billion in incentives to the California-based EV manufacturer to try and attract the investment, Automotive News reports.
The city of Joplin, Missouri is located near the state's borders with Oklahoma and Kansas, and it's put up a website to make the case for its Tesla Cybertruck factory play, detailing everything the carmaker stands to gain by choosing to build its new plant there.
Included in the proposed deal is a 1,042-acre property at half-price, along with a 100-percent tax abatement for 12 years. The city is some 1,700 miles from Tesla's Reno, Nevada battery Gigafactory, and even farther from its Fremont, California assembly plant, but the EV manufacturer says it's looking to position its new plant somewhere toward the middle of the continental US.
In addition to the Cybertruck, the new facility will also produce units of the Tesla Model Y crossover for East Coast markets. That model line is going into production at Tesla's Fremont factory, too, but with how well the compact Model 3 sedan sold in 2019, we wouldn't be surprised to learn the Fremont plant is nearing full capacity.
One thing that might make Joplin an attractive location for Tesla's new plant, according to Joplin, is its relatively inexpensive labor. City leadership claims the EV manufacturer could save up to $75 million per year on labor alone, as the median hourly rate there is an affordable $27.86.
The Tesla Cybertruck is currently slated to enter production some time in late-2021, initially just in lower-priced configurations, with longer-range battery packs and more powerful propulsion systems launching about a year later.