Tesla To Construct Subsequent-Technology Automobile In Austin Earlier than Mexico!


Regardless that many Tesla bulls suppose a “Mannequin 2” (aka “Mannequin C” or $25,000 Tesla) could also be pointless if Tesla will get FSD (Full Self Driving) working within the subsequent 12 months, it appears from this newest excerpt from Walter Isaacson’s e-book about Elon that the realists at Tesla have satisfied Elon to permit the design and manufacturing of a next-generation compact automotive. If not for the US, no less than for markets that received’t approve full self driving.

My private opinion is that it can take a number of years to unravel all of the FSD points, regardless of pleasure surrounding Elon’s latest demo of V12 FSD. The following-generation compact shall be designed to make use of the identical platform because the robotaxi, so it might probably share the manufacturing improvements described at Tesla Investor’s Day in March of this 12 months. For extra, we wrote about it right here, right here, and right here.

I urged in a publish yesterday in reply to information the Mexico gigafactory was delayed, probably for years, that Tesla ought to simply develop the Austin gigafactory for now. It appears like Elon got here to the identical conclusion.

Causes To Construct In Austin

  1. Tesla already has lots of engineering expertise at Austin. And it might be troublesome for Tesla to persuade lots of these individuals to maneuver to Mexico (as said within the e-book excerpt).
  2. Tesla didn’t appear to have any issues getting permits in Austin, and development gave the impression to be very fast.
  3. Tesla already has important infrastructure in Austin and might doubtless check manufacturing in an current constructing.
  4. The corporate can construct a sprung construction (or “tent” because it was referred to as by Tesla bears) in 19 days in keeping with this case examine.

Causes To Construct In Mexico

Whereas I’m a fan of designing and constructing the Mannequin 2 in Austin, I’ve lengthy (3 and a half years) advocated for plant in Mexico, too.

  1. Mexico has extra free commerce agreements than another nation! That is key to exporting to most of the international locations in South America and Southeast Asia. It even has an settlement with the European Union!
  2. I’m certain Tesla pays higher, however current manufacturing employees are reported to make about $5 an hour.
  3. Mexico has extra engineering college students than the US. Tesla would doubtless get the cream of the crop from that pool.


I believe one of the best of each worlds is to design the next-generation product in Austin, however then construct each within the US to fulfill the massive US market whereas additionally constructing a big quantity in Mexico (and different areas too) to serve a bigger world market.

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