Is Tesla Close to Approving a Canada Gigafactory?

9/18/2022 11:05:00 AM

Speculation mounts as Tesla is believed to be looking at Ontario for its next gigafactory site. Here's why the EV maker is believed to be looking closely at Canada.

Speculation mounts as Tesla is believed to be looking at Ontario for its next gigafactory site. Here's why the EV maker is believed to be looking closely at Canada.

Speculation mounts as Tesla is believed to be looking at Ontario for its next gigafactory site. Here's why the EV maker is believed to be looking closely at Canada.

Pool Getty Images Tesla is believed to be looking at sites in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec for a new gigafactory.: Dan Mihalascu The Bugatti Chiron and Tesla Model S Plaid need no introduction, but they definitely need to drag race one another.Switzerland Iceland We don't know the exact number of charging stations and stalls included in the pilot project, but we are talking about a three-digit number of stations and a four-digit number of stalls.Pool Getty Images Tesla is believed to be looking at sites in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec for a new gigafactory.

The EV maker officially opened two new plants this year—in Berlin and Texas—but has struggled to bring both up to their optimal production capacity.Canada is believed to be a finalist for the next gigafactory location due to proximity of crucial raw materials and their processors.Come to think about it, these two vehicles could not be more different.After the launches of the Austin and Berlin gigafactories earlier this year, one might have expected Tesla to focus solely on cranking up output at its existing plants given new supply chain pressures and the rising cost of raw materials.Tesla announced previously that its long-term goal is to make its Supercharging network available to all electric vehicles.But the Austin-based EV maker appears to be deep in the planning stages of yet another factory, this time just over the border from rivals in Michigan.0-liter W16 quad-turbocharged gasoline engine, the other by a tri-motor electric powertrain.In recent weeks a flurry of activity by Tesla has been noted by industry observers to be taking place in the province of Ontario, ahead of an expected announcement by Tesla CEO Elon Musk later in 2022.In recent weeks a flurry of activity by Tesla has been noted by industry observers to be taking place in the province of Ontario, ahead of an expected announcement by Tesla CEO Elon Musk later in 2022.

The CEO had hinted in recent months that the search for a new plant location in North America was under way, with Tesla execs having visited a number of mining sites in recent months.6 million exotic two-seat coupe with a production run limited to 500 units worldwide, while the other is a four-door sedan that costs just $140,500 and is being built in as many units as Tesla can sell.In the US, the opening of the network might be associated with the expected upcoming launch of the all-new V4 Supercharging stalls, which potentially could get a CCS1 adapter for non-Tesla EVs.The locations of the mining sites, and their relative proximity to Canada's auto production hubs in Ontario, has sparked speculation that Tesla could be planning to build a new gigafactory in Ontario or Quebec.Related Story Elon Musk Launches Tesla’s Giga Berlin Plant A gigafactory in Canada would bring the automaker's number of plants up to seven, with Canada having the distinct advantage of nearby raw materials that could be transported with relative ease by rail to refining plants and other sites in the country's auto industry hub, which hosts a number of suppliers.We could go on listing the differences, but you get the point.This potentially makes Ontario and Quebec natural leaders, in the estimation of a number of industry observers, for Tesla's next plant in North America, offering a much shorter supply chain than in other sites outside the US like Berlin and Shanghai.However, at the moment Tesla faces a number of challenges in getting its recently opened plants up to their designed production capacity, with Berlin, Shanghai, and Austin all having experienced significant downtime this year for several reasons, ranging from COVID mitigation measures to permits to parts shortages.One is the phenomenal acceleration they deliver—0-62 mph in 2.However, at the moment Tesla faces a number of challenges in getting its recently opened plants up to their designed production capacity, with Berlin, Shanghai, and Austin all having experienced significant downtime this year for several reasons, ranging from COVID mitigation measures to permits to parts shortages.

Assembly quality continues to be as pressing an issue as in the distant past for the automaker.Related Story VW Looks to Canada for EV Battery Raw Materials As industry experts have pointed out, Tesla appears to be rushing to build and open new factories, including in the middle of a pandemic, but then spends close to a year or more slowly getting those plants up to their optimal production volume, burning a lot of cash in the process as Elon Musk himself noted.Despite having a carbon fiber body, the incredibly complex Chiron weighs 4,398 pounds (1,995 kilograms), making it almost as heavy as the Tesla Model S Plaid , which tips the scales at 4,766 pounds (2,161 kilograms).These are issues far more common to entirely new startups, rather than established automakers with over a decade of experience, which Tesla happens to be.Industry chatter about a possible Tesla plant in Canada have intensified just a couple of weeks after Volkswagen and Canadian officials have formalized plans for the German automaker to source a number of crucial raw minerals in the country aimed at EV production.The two cars covered a total of three quarter-mile runs with a standing start and two rolling start races to find a winner, and as you can imagine, they were really close—especially after the first run when the guys realized that the fresh tarmac was not sticky enough, leading them to start from the other end of the track.German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, along with former VW CEO Herbert Diess, visited the country to sign a memorandum of understanding to investigate opportunities for Canada to supply European sites with metals used to manufacture EV batteries.German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, along with former VW CEO Herbert Diess, visited the country to sign a memorandum of understanding to investigate opportunities for Canada to supply European sites with metals used to manufacture EV batteries.

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