Tesla has successfully obtained environmental impact permits from the Ministry of the Environment in the Mexican state of Nuevo León, marking a significant step forward in its plans to establish a manufacturing plant in the region. These permits come with specific conditions that Tesla must adhere to as it proceeds with the construction of the factory, with a deadline of 26 months to initiate the building process. However, it's worth noting that additional permits are still pending.
Meeting the 26-month construction timeline appears to be well within Tesla's capabilities. The automaker is reportedly eager to commence vehicle production in Nuevo León by November 2025, though there might be minor delays. There have been reports, citing Chinese suppliers, suggesting that production at Tesla's new Mexican facility could potentially start in either 2026 or 2027.
One of the conditions set by the authorities is that Tesla cannot clear the entire construction area at once; instead, they must proceed in phases. According to reports from Mexican media, only the areas required for the current construction phase may be prepared and leveled. Additionally, Tesla has been granted permission to use a specific explosive mixture consisting of ammonium nitrate and conventional petroleum-based fuel for site preparation.
The environmental conditions also emphasize the preservation of trees outside the construction zone. Tesla is required to ensure the preservation or replanting of at least 500 trees of native species in the region. Furthermore, a “dust control plan” is mandated to monitor and mitigate the impact of construction activities on air quality in the vicinity.
Tesla's announcement of the Nuevo León factory in early March initially mentioned investments of $5 billion and later indicated a production capacity of one million electric vehicles annually. As Tesla progresses through the permitting process and works towards the fulfillment of its ambitious production goals, the automotive industry will closely monitor its developments in Mexico.