Tesla has been working hard to strengthen its supply chain, and its latest partnership with Mexico’s Neuvo Leon State is a unique way to help their suppliers get across the border quickly.
Tesla worked with the pro-business state to establish a dedicated Tesla lane at the remote Columbia Solidarity port of entry. At its busiest, the port of entry is not a busy border crossing with the average wait being about 20 minutes.
Not much is known about the deal, and neither Tesla nor the state commented on the exact agreement.
Neuvo Leon Minister of Economy Ivan Rivas had this to say in an interview with Bloomberg, which first reported on the new lane:
It was a simple incentive. What we want is a crossing that’s much more expedited and efficient. And maybe there will be a lane for other companies in the future like there is for Tesla.
Tesla currently works with six suppliers located in Neuvo Leon. These include:
- EnFlex Corp
- Quanta Computer
- Faurecia SE
- ZF Friedrichshafen AG
- APG Mexico.
The Minister of Economy expects Neuvo Leon to continue to expand their EV industry. He expects between five per cent and seven per cent of the investment in the state to come from the EV space.
This is a new industry for the area, as not a single EV company or supplier was located in the state before 2021.
Evidently, Giga Texas being so close is undoubtedly an incentive for some Tesla suppliers to set up shop south of the border.