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Tesla plans to build an electric car factory in Mexico, according to a local news outlet. The plan is for the facility to “assemble cargo trucks”and may refer to the Tesla Semi.
In October 2022, Elon Musk visited the state of Nuevo León, Mexico, where he met with local officials. Now, local news outlet Milenio (via Mexico News Daily) has reported that Tesla is set to announce its first car plant in Mexico by January 2023, after a settlement on the matter is finalized in the coming weeks.
“Tesla will arrive in Santa Catarina [Nuevo León]. The investment will be finalized in the coming weeks and announced after year end,” read the document that Milenio reviewed.
Earlier in December, Governor Samuel García said that “historic” investments—supposedly among the largest in the state’s history—would be coming to Nuevo León soon. This statement hints at really important changes in the state.
According to the information in the reviewed document, the factory will “assemble cargo trucks,” which in the case of Tesla could mean the production of Semis. At the moment, the company has a small production line in Nevada, but in order to truly start mass production, a full-fledged factory, specially designed for the production of cars of this class, is needed.
The property referred to in the document viewed by Milenio is located in the strategic quadrant of the municipality of Santa Catarina, near kilometer 51 of the Monterrey-Saltillo highway and a 38 minute drive from the center of Monterrey, Nuevo León. The location is a seven-hour drive from Tesla’s headquarters in Austin, Texas. According to a comment from an anonymous source, the land has already been purchased.
Tesla recently got its own lane on the US-Mexico border in Nuevo León. The company has suppliers in the state, including Taiwanese EnFlex Corp. and Quanta Computer, the French firm Faurecia SE, the German ZF Friedrichshafen AG and APG.
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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.