Tesla Submits Letter of Intent for Gigafactory Mexico: Report
Tesla is set to deliver a letter of intent today to the Government of the State of Nuevo León, formalizing plans to establish a Gigafactory in the municipality of Santa Catarina. The exact construction date remains unspecified.
Governor Samuel García Sepúlveda will receive the written formalization from Tesla’s executives to commence the construction of the mega plant. “We will receive the letter today. Nothing can be disclosed until the letter that formalizes the start of the Gigafactory is in hand,” confirmed a source to MILENIO.
García Sepúlveda has already indicated that preparations for the factory’s launch are underway, although he did not disclose the contents of the forthcoming letter. On his personal Instagram account, the Governor shared that adjustments, access, and mobility works around Tesla’s facility are in progress.
“My friends at Tesla are very pleased because they have their Gigafactories in Austin and San Francisco, and will soon have direct flights when they come here to set up; I am also about to receive from Tesla the start of the Gigafactory,” said García Sepúlveda, according to a Google Translation of the article.
Last Monday, the Governor revealed that he had met Tesla executives at his home to discuss the factory’s launch but did not provide further details. Attendees included Eugenio Grandio de la Torre, Director of Market in Mexico; Rohan Patel, Director of Business Development; and Daniel Calvo, Logistics Manager of Tesla, along with Iván Rivas, Secretary of Economy, and Emmanuel Loo, Undersecretary of Investment.
Despite MILENIO-Multimedios’ request for an interview with Grandio de la Torre via email, no response was received.
García Sepúlveda also announced new direct flight routes from various U.S. cities to Monterrey, in anticipation of Tesla’s imminent setup. “I have just been informed that the U.S. aviation agency has returned Mexico to Category 1, which will consolidate Nuevo León as a regional airport hub,” he stated.
The Governor further mentioned that renovations are underway at Mariano Escobedo International Airport and that metro lines will be extended to both airports, similar to first-world cities. “I will soon announce many new flights to Austin, San Francisco, Oakland, New York, Dallas, Houston,” he added.