Tesla’s Elon Musk Speaks at Giga Texas Opening Party: How to Watch

  • Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, says he will speak at 10 p.m. Central time tonight as part of festivities for the opening of the company’s massive Giga Texas facility, the sixth Tesla factory worldwide and now named as Tesla global headquarters.
  • Giga Texas, first announced in 2020, is the plant slated to build the long-awaited Cybertruck, and that vehicle may be the topic of Musk’s talk.
  • Workers were seen setting up for a large-scale event that Tesla’s calling the ‘Cyber Rodeo,’ and Electrek and other sources noted that Cybertrucks were spotted on the grounds this week.

      UPDATE, 10:28 p.m. ET: Elon Musk arrived in an original Tesla Roadster from 2008, wearing a black cowboy hat, to an enthusiastic reception from cellphone-wielding invited guests. He called it, the company’s first production car, “a very simple car” and recalled saying at that time that he thought “optimistically we had a 10 percent chance of succeeding.”

      Musk also doubled down on his enthusiasm for Full Self-Driving, saying it will “revolutionize the world,” and promised that it will go into wider beta usage during 2022.

      UPDATE, 10:15 p.m. ET: The Austin sky was briefly dominated by a light show that created images of cars, a human head, the Giga Texas logo, the dog symbol of the cryptocurrency Dogecoin, and eventually the Cybertruck, to the cheers of spectators. Musk has not yet taken the stage.


      The Giga Texas facility near Austin where Tesla expects to build the Cybertruck is having a big party tonight. Musk promised he would have an announcement as part of the grand opening festivities. There is speculation he will have more to say about the truck.

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      At the time the plant was first announced, in 2020, Musk said the 2500-acre facility will be where Tesla will build Model 3 and Model Y vehicles that will be delivered to the East Coast, along with the Tesla Semi and the Cybertruck. More recently, the company acknowledged that 2022 would not see any Semi or Cybertruck vehicles built. In January Tesla took the edgy electric truck’s production timeline off its website entirely and has not given further information about when (or if) it will be built. That could change later this evening (or not).

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