Hutto aims to become home to new Tesla plant

HUTTO, Texas (KXAN) — Texas is one of four states vying to become home for a Tesla Gigafactory, and Hutto may be a contender.

Hutto Economic Development is trying to lure the electric car producer to town along with the 6,500 jobs and billions of dollars of investments for the plant which will produce batteries for Tesla vehicles.

On their website, Tesla lists Texas, Nevada, New Mexico, and Arizona, as the four finalists for the plant that could stretch 500-1,000 acres.

KXAN tried to contact city leaders about specifics of a possible deal, but received no comment.

Tesla details their plans for the Gigafactory on their website.

The city of Hutto has seen a lot of growth in the last few years. In 2000, the U.S. Census Bureau says the city only had about 1,400 people. Nearly a decade later in 2009, they had a little more than 14,000. In 2012, the most recent year for Census Bureau data, they estimated Hutto had more than 18,000 people.

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