Joplin, MO to Tesla: Your Truck, Right Here

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
joplin mo to tesla your truck right here

A Missouri city is making a direct pitch to Tesla in the hopes of landing an assembly plant. The electric automaker is on the hunt for a new domestic manufacturing site in which to build its ridiculous-looking Cybertruck, and since Texas seems to be off the table, other states feel they’ve got a good shot.

Naturally, the city of Joplin isn’t coming to the table empty handed.

As reported by the Joplin Globe, the city’s council has cobbled together a $1 billion incentive package to lure Tesla into its grasp. Backing the formal bid is both the city and the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, which has identified a parcel of land measuring a mile by two miles on which to situate the plant.

The site was chosen due to its proximity to freight lines, two interstates, a power plant, and a regional airport. It would be sold to Tesla at a 50-percent discount, with a 100-percent, 12-year tax break serving as a sweetener. Various state and local incentives make up the rest of the package.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted on March 11th that he was scouring the country, looking for suitable factory sites. Specifically, Musk said he wants a locale in the central U.S., which seems to describe Missouri fairly well.

With visions of 7,000 (eventual) jobs coming to town, the chamber of commerce was quick to point out the city’s skilled and engineer-heavy workforce, as well as the region’s plethora of trucking companies.

“That gives Tesla front-row access to its next market with four of the largest trucking companies in the nation within a 60-mile radius,” said Toby Teeter, president of the chamber.

The city of Joplin was devastated by an EF-5 tornado in 2011, resulting in 158 lost lives. While rebuilding efforts quickly got underway, town planners continued keeping an eye out for opportunities to bolster the area’s economy.

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  • APaGttH APaGttH on Apr 15, 2020

    If the price point is $48K or less: 1) Acura ZDX. Let's take the Crosstour, and make it even uglier. 2) Nissan Cross Cabriolet. An answer to a question NO ONE asked. 3) Gen I Subaru Tribeca. That grille, that let's channel the ghost of Edsel Ford grille.

  • Jeff S Jeff S on Apr 16, 2020

    @redapple--Agree that trucks have gotten too tall and the side of the beds is hard to reach in. When you need a ladder to reach into the bed of a truck then it is too tall. What I do like about this truck is the ramp which is something that I would like to see other truck makers adopt especially for loading and unloading furniture and outdoor equipment.

  • Denis Jeep have other cars?!?
  • Darren Mertz In 2000, after reading the glowing reviews from c/d in 1998, I decided that was the car for me (yep, it took me 2 years to make up my mind). I found a 1999 with 24k on the clock at a local Volvo dealership. I think the salesman was more impressed with it than I was. It was everything I had hoped for. Comfortable, stylish, roomy, refined, efficient, flexible, ... I can't think of more superlatives right now but there are likely more. I had that car until just last year at this time. A red light runner t-boned me and my partner who was in the passenger seat. The cops estimate the other driver hit us at about 50 mph - on a city street. My partner wasn't visibly injured (when the seat air bag went off it shoved him out of the way of the intruding car) but his hip was rather tweaked. My car, though, was gone. I cried like a baby when they towed it away. I ruminated for months trying to decide how to replace it. Luckily, we had my 1998 SAAB 9000 as a spare car to use. I decided early on that there would be no new car considered. I loathe touch screens. I'm also not a fan of climate control. Months went by. I decided to keep looking for another B5 Passat. As the author wrote, the B5.5 just looked 'over done'. October this past year I found my Cinderella slipper - an early 2001. Same silver color. Same black leather interior. Same 1.8T engine. Same 5 speed manual transmission. I was happier than a pig in sh!t. But a little sad also. I had replaced my baby. But life goes on. I drive it every day to work which takes me over some rather twisty freeway ramps. I love the light snarel as I charge up some steep hills on my way home. So, I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Passat guy.
  • Paul Mezhir As awful as the styling was on these cars, they were beautifully assembled and extremely well finished for the day. The doors closed solidly, the ride was extremely quiet and the absence of squeaks and rattles was commendable. As for styling? Everything's beautiful in it's own way.....except for the VI's proportions were just odd: the passenger compartment and wheelbase seemed to be way too short, especially compared to the VI sedan. Even the short-lived Town Coupe had much better proportions. None of the fox-body Lincolns could compare to the beautiful proportions of the Mark was the epitome of long, low, sleek and elegant. The proportions were just about perfect from every angle.
  • ToolGuy Silhouetting yourself on a ridge like that is an excellent way to get yourself shot ( Skylining)."Don't you know there's a special military operation on?"
  • ToolGuy When Farley says “like the Millennium Falcon” he means "fully updatable" and "constantly improving" -- it's right there in the Car and Driver article (and makes perfect sense).