LatinNews Daily - 09 March 2023

In brief: Gov’t hails progress on plans for Mexico’s Tesla plant

*Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has met with directors and technicians from US electric vehicle (EV) company Tesla. In a tweet, López Obrador stated that progress was being made on plans for a new Tesla automotive plant in Nuevo León state – a project which was confirmed on 28 February following talks between López Obrador and Tesla owner Elon Musk – as well as “on other projects”. Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and Economy Minister Raquel Buenrostro were also present at the meeting, with the delegation from Tesla led by Rohan Patel, Tesla’s senior global director of public policy and business development. Musk has said the Nuevo León plant will be a ‘gigafactory’, meaning it will be very large, although details on the exact size of the plant and its expected capacity has not yet been revealed. In an interview with newswire EFE, Nuevo León governor Samuel García, of the opposition-aligned left-of-centre Movimiento Ciudadano (MC), stated that operations would begin at the factory by the end of 2023 or start of 2024.  

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