Tesla enthusiasts and electric vehicle aficionados, mark your calendars for an exciting milestone in the world of sustainable transportation. On Friday, September 15, Tesla is expected to deliver a letter of intent that will officially kickstart the installation and buildout of Gigafactory Mexico.
A reliable source close to the matter emphasized the significance of this moment, stating, “On Friday (today) they will give us the letter. They tell me that nothing can be said until they have the letter that makes it official (the start-up of the Gigafactory).”
The anticipation and excitement surrounding this development have been palpable, with key players in the region eagerly awaiting this crucial step towards a greener future. Samuel Garcia Sepulveda, the Governor of Nuevo León, couldn’t contain his enthusiasm as he teased Tesla’s impending letter of intent on his personal Instagram account. Earlier in the week, he played host to several Tesla executives and Mexican government officials, laying the groundwork for this momentous occasion.
“I am also about to receive the start-up of the Gigafactory from Tesla…We are going to start with the whole issue of water, it is treated water, from the train and adaptations and access to the highway, highway (Monterrey-Saltillo) to the plant, so pure good news, we are working with everything,” the Governor said, shedding light on the comprehensive preparations underway.
Drawing parallels with Giga Berlin’s journey, it’s evident that Gigafactory Mexico is navigating similar challenges, particularly in the realm of permits for water usage, supply, and transportation. These were pivotal hurdles for Tesla in the case of Giga Berlin, and water-related concerns continue to linger around that facility even today.
Highlighting Tesla’s commitment to environmental responsibility, the company recently submitted Gigafactory Mexico’s environmental impact statement to local officials. Referred to as “Project Mario” in official documents, this submission outlines Tesla’s meticulous plan for preserving the local flora and fauna during the construction phase. Additionally, Tesla has initiated the process of requesting a change in land use from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.
So, what’s the endgame for Gigafactory Mexico? This cutting-edge facility is slated to host Tesla’s new production line for its highly anticipated $25,000 compact electric vehicle (EV). Governor Sepulveda estimated back in April that Gigafactory Mexico would take approximately 12 to 15 months to complete, putting it on a timeline that aligns with Tesla’s ambitious production goals.
For context, Giga Shanghai boasts the fastest buildout record among Tesla factories worldwide, serving as a testament to the company’s ability to expedite construction when needed.
However, a note of caution comes from a Chinese supplier, hinting that Tesla might be underestimating the complexities of Mexico’s permitting process. While the journey has begun, it remains to be seen whether the 2025 production goal will be met, or if unforeseen challenges will arise along the way.