Mexican officials confirm that Tesla will build a factory in Mexico City
Tesla is considering building an assembly plant that would serve as an export hub for the company, according to Mexican presidential spokesman Jesus Ramirez.
Ramirez said Tesla could build the plant in an industrial park under development about 3 kilometers (2 miles) from Felipe Angelis International Airport (AIFA), the new hub opened last year by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, meaning Tesla's goods could be exported by air rather than by land.
"Tesla will invest there ... in an assembly plant, to export directly by air," Ramirez told the Reuters.
Last year, Elon Musk, discussing Tesla's next factory in North America, confirmed that Tesla is considering new plants in Canada, Mexico and the United States.
Last December, Tesla reached an agreement with Mexico to move the plant to the country, and at the time government officials claimed an announcement was expected within a month. Now, Mexican presidential spokesman Jesus Ramirez says Tesla will build a different factory next to Mexico City.
A Mexican official told Reuters that Tesla has been shown the site, but did not indicate its plans. CEO Elon Musk has been eyeing a potential investment in the northern state of Nuevo León, which borders Texas, according to the official interviewed by Reuters. While this is news from the Mexican government and appears to be a done deal, there are currently no announcements from Tesla or Musk at this time.