The odds of Tesla expanding and building a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Canada seem to be increasing day by day. Over the past six months, Tesla has met with Canadian officials at least four times.
It looks like the feds and Tesla may be preparing to meet again, as early as Friday, this time in California.
After meeting with General Motors, Stellantis and Ford at the Detroit Auto Show this week, Industry Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne revealed today that he and his team will travel to California on Friday for further meetings with “another car manufacturer”.
In a post on Twitter, Champagne said the meetings should “bring in more investment, create jobs and build an economy that works for everyone.”
Conclude the day here at @NAIASDetroitfollowing meetings with GM, Stellantis and Ford.
On Friday, we will travel to California to speak with another automaker to attract more investment, create jobs and build an economy that works for everyone. pic.twitter.com/A4w1joIX2t
— François-Philippe Champagne (FPC) 🇨🇦 (@FP_Champagne) September 14, 2022
Champagne has not confirmed which automaker he will meet with, but the odds of it being Tesla are extremely high as it is the largest automaker with a presence in California.
Rivian and Lucid are other potential candidates, but both are young automakers and have already announced plans to expand into Georgia and Saudi Arabia respectively.
Adding to the likelihood of it being Tesla, Champagne confirmed last week in Vancouver that he was already in discussions with Tesla about a potential production facility in Canada.
There have also been strong hints from Elon Musk himself, who teased at the annual shareholder meeting in August that Canada is a potential location for the next Gigafactory. Musk said he hopes to be able to announce the location of the next Gigafactory before the end of the year.
It was also revealed that Tesla had lobbied the Ontario provincial government and the federal government to build a manufacturing plant in Canada.