Elon Musk revealed during the Cyber Roundup last week that Canada is one of the locations weighted for a production facility in North America. This seems rather strange, considering that Tesla already operates three gigafactories in the region. Nevertheless, Tesla predicts the demand for EVs in the northern hemisphere will increase once the U.S. speeds up EV adoption in the coming years. The plans were already put in place, and a lobbying organization is in talks with the Canadian authorities.
The information was first revealed by Electric Autonomy Canada, which obtained a copy of Tesla’s filing with the local authorities. This is because Canada requires companies to disclose all their lobbying efforts to the government. According to the filing, Tesla is seeking fast approval and possibly incentives to build an “advanced manufacturing facility” in Ontario. The legal language is complicated, as you can see below:
[Tesla’s objective is to] “Engage with the government and its agencies to identify opportunities for industrial and/or advanced manufacturing facility permitting reforms with the intent to increase the competitiveness of Ontario and its ability to attract capital investment through establishing approvals timeframes that are competitive with high-growth manufacturing locations in North America, while also working with government to identify or align incentives programs that could further increase the attractiveness of Ontario for industrial and/or advanced manufacturing investment.”
According to Drive Tesla, the EV maker has made investments in Ontario before. Tesla has advertised a position for a senior policy associate in critical minerals and supply chain to be based in the city. Tesla also has a battery equipment factory that supplies the gigafactories in Berlin and Texas.