Recently, the new Tesla Terafactory location is one of the most popular topics in the community, as many states have proposed Tesla to establish production in their states. Officials from Texas, Nevada, Georgia, Utah, Oklahoma and Colorado submitted to Elon Musk the issue of considering their state.
Officials from Tulsa, Oklahoma, said Monday that the city has a real chance of getting Tesla.
“I assure you, we are all-in for getting Tesla to Tulsa,” Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell told a rally at the foot of The Golden Driller, a 76-foot landmark whose face has been temporarily made to resemble the car company’s famous founder. One of Tulsa’s biggest landmarks went through some big changes recently to show the local community’s support for Tesla. The statue was painted to look like Elon Musk, and The Golden Driller’s belt buckle went from saying “Tulsa” to “Tesla.” The EV automaker’s logo was drawn on the statue’s chest as well.
“We’re absolutely in this,” Pinnell said. “We’re going for this, and I absolutely believe we can do this.”
The Tulsa campaign began in March, when Musk tweeted that he was looking for a place in the central part of the country to host the company’s new Gigafactory, where Cybertruck would be produced. The Tulsa social media campaign included memes, a parody of a famous Ford commercial and a website with a pretty risky name.
Although some actions to attract the automaker in Tulsa have been criticized, U.S. Rep. Kevin Hern emphasized “Tulsa is known for its pioneers.” For Tesla and its pioneering spirit in the automotive industry, he said, “there’s no better place in America.”
According to information from Tulsaworld, a few state and local officials, including Gov. Kevin Stitt, made a face-to-face pitch last week in Florida, where former Oklahoma congressman and current NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine hosted a dinner with Tesla CEO Elon Musk. “We’re getting the chance to sort of chip away at him and tell him about Tulsa,” Hern said. “We’re making a case.”
Most likely, Pinnell described exactly this meeting as “we are all-in for getting Telsa to Tulsa”.
At the moment, there are no details of this meeting, except that state representatives had the opportunity to personally submit their proposal to Musk.