Tesla Discloses Lobbying Effort to Set Up Advanced-Manufacturing Unit in Canada - Tricky Enough

Tesla Discloses Lobbying Effort to Set Up Advanced-Manufacturing Unit in Canada

Tesla currently manufactures vehicles from two factories in the United States and one each in Germany and China.

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Tesla is lobbying the Ontario government as part of an effort to set up an "advanced manufacturing facility" in Canada, a filing by the electric-vehicle maker to the province's Office of the Integrity Commissioner showed.

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The company's Canadian unit is working with the government to "identify opportunities for industrial facility permitting reforms", the amended filing from July 18 said.

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Tesla as well as the office of Ontario's minister for economic development, job creation, and trade did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Canadian Industry Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne had said in May there were "very active discussions with a number of players" to develop an EV supply chain in Canada.

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Tesla has been ramping up production with Chief Executive Elon Musk last week speaking half in jest to shareholders yelling "Canada" - "We've got a lot of Canadas, I'm half Canadian, maybe I should."

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He said the company "might be able" to announce a new factory later this year and it could ultimately have 10-12 gigafactories. Tesla manufactures vehicles from two factories in the United States and one each in Germany and China.

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