Tesla could start producing vehicles from Giga Texas this week, at least one industry expert predicts.
Dav Ives of Wedbush Securities, an investment firm based in Los Angeles, California, analyzed paperwork filed by Tesla and says the electric vehicle company will "officially start key production in Austin over the next week"—specifically the Model Y.
Based on our analysis of Giga Austin it appears paperwork is now clearing the way for Model Y production starting over the next 7-10 days. We believe the stamping machines for Model Y and testing is already in place and mostly completed, green light for Tesla to kick off Austin— Daniel Ives (@Daniel Ives) 1641659882
Tesla has not confirmed this timeline. Previously, CEO Elon Musk had said production would happen before the end of 2021, but that timeline wasn’t met.
Giga Texas, the factory in southeast Travis County that the automaker made its headquarters last month, has plans to follow Model Y production with the Cybertruck, Semi and the Model 3.
Musk recently tweeted that public tours of the $1.1 billion factory will take place early this year. Around the time of the site’s opening, the Tesla Owners Club of Austin will host Tesla Con Texas, where they aim to break the world record of Tesla vehicles gathered.
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With major entertainment events slated for October, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is gearing up for a busy month.
Artists and music lovers are set to pack into Zilker Park for The Austin City Limits Music Festival in the coming two weekends. Following that, Formula One will bring racing fans to the Circuit of the Americas.
For those two events, the airport is anticipating high passenger days with 30,000 or more people departing flights.
ABIA recommends arriving at least two and a half hours in advance for domestic flights on those days. For ACL, it's expected on both Sundays of the festival along with the Monday and Tuesday after. The F1-driven high passenger days are expected on Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 23-26.
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F1, especially, could draw in loads of travelers as the three-day event saw 400,000 attendees last year. ABIA warns that highways leading to the airport may see even higher traffic than usual around the event and that travelers should plan their route accordingly.
Bailey Grimmett, a spokesperson for ABIA, said travel numbers come in 24 hours in advance. So, it's hard to predict if the airport will see travel volumes at the same levels that have happened around previous F1 races or if it'll top ACL's flight traffic.
Still, she says historical knowledge points to a chance for it.
“We've had that Monday after F1 break the record for single busiest in airport history," Grimmett said. "So context clues I would say yes, but I can't confirm that. But the historical background points to that."
In anticipation of the high volume of flyers, the airport received additional TSA officers for security screening through the end of October. To prepare even further, the Department of Aviation and partners hosted a job showcase and hiring fair to address the continued labor shortage the airport has experienced.
Relief from hectic travel days is on the horizon with November likely to see a slowdown.
"I don't anticipate it will be as busy as October just because we don't have as many events going on," Grimmett said. "Thanksgiving is kind of our primary holiday that we see a lot of passengers coming in and out of the airport."