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Paperwork shows Austin's Tesla Gigafactory nearing an opening date

It's unclear when the Gigafactory will start producing cars.

AUSTIN, Texas — Tesla's Gigafactory in Austin appears to be nearing its opening date.

According to Travis County, areas of the massive factory have received certificates of completion which, according to the Austin Business Journal, is necessary to obtain before a business can open a building.

Tesla is expected to produce electric vehicles at the manufacturing plant, however, it's not clear exactly when that will start happening at the Austin site. Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, previously said the company was aiming to start production at the end of 2021. 

The factory will produce the Model Y electric SUVs as well as the Cybertruck. Unless state laws change, the electric vehicles will have to be shipped out of state to be sold to Texans

   

The $1.1 billion factory, located at 13101 Harold Green Road in Austin, sits near the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport off of State Highway 45 and U.S. 130.

In mid-2021, photos showed construction on the factory was in high gear. Nearing the end of 2021, KVUE got a birdseye view of the Tesla Gigafactory with a drone.

In early December, Tesla's headquarters moved from California to the site of the Austin Gigafactory.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently tweeted that the factory would be hosting a "grand opening party with factory tours in early 2022."

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