The Boring Company wants to dig a tunnel under Tesla Gigafactory Texas – TechCrunch

The Boring Company of Elon Musk has applied to the City of Austin to build a tunnel under Tesla’s Gigafactory Texas in Austin. The application, which Electrek first reported on, does not mention what Tesla plans to do with the tunnel.

The application was filed on June 21, 2022 and although Giga Texas is not specifically named, the address on the application is listed as 12733 Tesla Road, which is located on the north side of the complex.

The project, dubbed the “Colorado River Connector Tunnel,” includes a “private access tunnel along with associated improvements,” so Musk may want a secret way to enter his giant factory. Or maybe he’s looking for a way to secretly travel between companies.

After raise a $675 million funding roundThe Boring Company (TBC) recently moved its headquarters to Pflugerville, just northeast of Austin, and the company is reportedly in talks about certain projects in Texas. However, it is the first time that TBC has applied for a building permit.

The file contains little information, but it does suggest that the tunnel length will be about two miles and will be in an area outside of Austin’s city limits, but where the city can still regulate activity.

In May, TBC received approval from the city of Kyle, south of Austin, to begin feasibility studies on an underground pedestrian tunnel there that would connect a retail development to a housing project.

Earlier this month, TBC received approval to expand its tunnels under Las Vegas to a 34-mile network. This builds on the company’s “loop” in Vegas, a system of tunnels in which Tesla’s move people between stations to avoid surface traffic — like a subway, but spark plug.

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