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Tesla is applying for an environmental permit for Giga Mexico. According to the application, the total area of the factory site will be 260 hectares, but the area of Phase 1 construction is not indicated.
Tesla is getting even closer to building Giga Mexico. According to multiple media reports, the manufacturer, through its subsidiary Tesla Manufacturing Mexico, recently applied to the Mexican Ministry of the Environment for initial environmental permits to build the factory. According to Forbes México, Tesla said in a statement that Giga Mexico will be built on a 260-hectare site. This includes all stages of expansion. However, the application does not indicate how much of this area should be developed. There is also no information about what area will be built up in the first stage.
Phase 1 of Giga Mexico, including a warehouse, should cost around $90 million. When Tesla officially announced the factory in Mexico, a total investment of $5 billion was announced. This hints that the company may first start test production of cars on its new platform. While the production of new car model will be honed, Tesla will continue to build the factory.
There is a possibility that Tesla has already received some permits, as activity has already been seen near the site. Yesterday, Tesmanian reported that cones were installed on the road near the Tesla site, warning drivers about construction works and an excavator carrying out unknown earthworks. However, there is no evidence that this activity is directly related to Tesla yet.
There are no specific details on when the factory will start operating. It was expected that this could happen in 2024. However, rumors have since surfaced that Tesla intends to launch Giga Mexico in early 2025.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.