According to rumors, partly confirmed by official representatives, Tesla is in talks with the authorities of Quebec, Canada, about the supply of materials for the production of batteries. The collaboration can bring significant benefits to both parties and expand Tesla's relationship with Canada, which is becoming the company's new stronghold in development.
A few weeks ago, Economy Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon held a new meeting with the executives of the American giant Tesla, Le Journal De Montreal reported. This information was confirmed by the press secretary at the office of the Minister of Economy and Innovation Mathieu St-Amand. “The minister met with Tesla executives during his mission to California in October,” he said.
In addition to announcing that the meeting took place, St-Amand also revealed the reason for it. According to him, the subject of discussion was the role of Quebec in Tesla's supply chain. "There has been talking of Quebec's place in Tesla's supply chain," St-Amand said.
Most likely, we are talking about the fact that Quebec can play an important role in the development of Tesla, supplying the company with materials for the production of batteries, which is the next step of the American manufacturer on the path to scalability. Three years ago, Quebec was in talks with Tesla to convince it to invest $2 billion in the development of the battery sector there. This could give Quebec about 25,000 jobs, including 12,000 related to mines, with a salary of about $120,000, according to a McKinsey study commissioned by Investissement Quebec. The battery sector could bring big profits to the province.
According to a government source of Le Journal De Montreal, talks between Tesla and Quebec have moved forward in recent months. Despite the fact that, apparently, negotiations are still at a very early stage, the cooperation of the manufacturer with the provinces is quite possible. The company continues to expand its operations in Canada and recently opened a battery manufacturing equipment business there. Apparently, the country has the potential to become a major center for Tesla's development in the field of batteries.
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