Tesla may soon have the green light to start the buildout of its latest Gigafactory, Giga Mexico.
Earlier this year Tesla announced what may have been the worst kept secret in the automotive industry, plans to build its next Gigafactory in Monterrey, Mexico. In the days and weeks following that announcement we learnt more about the project, learning that Tesla was hoping to build Giga Mexico in a shorter timeframe than Giga Shanghai, which went from mud pit to operational factory in less than one year.
However since Tesla’s announcement there has been no progress at the massive 4,200 acre site in Mexico. However that may change soon. In a recent interview with Nuevo Leon Governor Samuel Alejandro Garcia Sepulveda, the Governor suggested that permits for the facility are moving forward. He also noted that the first stages of the buildout will begin soon. He said:
We do not yet have a date for when, but the good news is that all the permits for the environment, energy, water, everything is already checked, it is advancing.
The interview also had an interesting tidbit for Tesla fans. The Governor spoke about details on Tesla’s next generation vehicle that will be made at the Mexican factory.
What we have of information is that right now, they are already in the final stage of the design of the new car, a new model, which is going to be, as far as we know, the best electric and economic car in the world, and it is going to be a milestone. So, now yes, with the design finished, what we know is that they are already finishing the production lines, the software, and everything that must be ready to start the plant.
So does this mean that Tesla will be holding an unveiling event shortly? You would have to think so. However, with no permits in hand and no official opening date for Giga Mexico, we will need to wait a little longer for anything official from Tesla.