Tesla is preparing to welcome the new Gigafactory in Mexico. Located near Santa Catarina, the factory may be one of the largest in the world, nearly double the size of the one in Austin, Texas.
Shipyards could open as early as this month, while the first cars are expected to leave the production lines between 2024 and early 2025.
One million EVs per year (and more)
According to initial information, the Santa Catarina plant would cover an area of 17 km2: almost double the 10 km2 of the Texan plant. Following the statements of Jesus Nava (the mayor of Santa Catarina) to Reuters, Tesla will invest 5 billion dollars and will hire 5.000 workers. In a second step, the Builder will increase its efforts, doubling the investment and the workforce, so as to reach 10.000 hires.
An important boost to the global ambitions of the House should come from Mexico. In fact, it is estimated that once the works are completed, the plant will have a production capacity of 1 million electric cars a year.
A “new generation” of models
What will be produced? We still don't know. On Investor Day, Musk limited himself to saying that it will be a "new generation" of models. Given the large extension of the lot, it is easy to think that new batteries and a large part of the car components will also be built here, to optimize timing and logistics as much as possible.
In another interview, Tom Zhu (the most influential executive within the brand after Musk) would have added that the first cars based on the platform will be assembled in Mexico Gen 3. Subsequently, the production methodologies will also be applied to all the other Gigafactories in the world. All that remains is to wait for Tesla's next steps.