Tesla’s Mexican Gigafactory Groundbreaking Postponed to March Amidst Permit Delays and Local Concerns

February 19, 2024 – According to a report by the local Mexican media outlet Milenio, the groundbreaking ceremony for Tesla’s Mexican Gigafactory is now expected to take place in March, as revealed by the Governor of Nuevo León, Samuel García Sepúlveda, during a visit to a community center in Monterrey.

Initially scheduled to occur this month, the ceremony has been postponed due to requests from certain permit-issuing authorities for additional time to complete their approvals.

“I had a conversation today with Tesla’s Mexican management,” stated Governor Samuel. “They raised concerns regarding electricity, water resources, and environmental issues. As the factory appears to be larger than anticipated, they have requested more time to obtain the necessary environmental permits. I informed them that since the state government has already begun constructing roads and supporting infrastructure, I expect Tesla to hold the groundbreaking ceremony no later than March. They didn’t object, so I am hopeful that Tesla will arrive soon and take the lead on advancing the project.”

The Nuevo León government has commenced work on roads and other areas surrounding the Tesla Gigafactory site, which has been dubbed the “Tesla Zone.” They are currently expanding the Monterrey-Saltillo highway in preparation for an anticipated influx of nearshoring activity.

Meanwhile, concerns from some local residents about the Tesla Gigafactory have emerged, with one such worry being the potential impact of nearshoring on small businesses in Nuevo León. The issues raised by the governor regarding electricity, water resources, and the environment echo similar concerns expressed by residents of Grünheide, located near Tesla’s Berlin Gigafactory.

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