The Mexican President said that Tesla could locate its factory in Nuevo Leon or Hidalgo. He emphasized that this is a possibility and not a settled issue.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Wednesday that Tesla's new factory could be set up in either the state of Nuevo Leon or Hidalgo, Reuters reported. When asked about the specific plans of the American company, he emphasized that both states are a possible location, not a settled issue. As of now, Tesla has not made a statement on the matter, but Mexican officials have repeatedly commented on the company's possible settlement in the country.
Mexican presidential spokesman Jesús Ramirez said in January that Tesla was considering setting up an assembly plant near the new Mexico City airport. Meanwhile, officials from Nuevo Leon repeatedly hinted last year that the manufacturer intends to settle in their state. In addition, Elon Musk visited the state in October 2022, where he met with local officials.
“What I would think is that we’re very close to have this announcement by Tesla, but I don’t have an exact date yet,” said Mexico's Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard during an interview with BNN Bloomberg in early February. “They will make their announcement. We can't announce it.”
Mexico, especially its northern states, is a favorite destination for companies looking to relocate operations from China closer to the US. Many Tesla suppliers are already located or planning to settle here. In addition, a manufacturing facility in Mexico has other advantages, including proximity to the US and cheaper labor costs.
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