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Tesla has secured roughly $135 million worth of incentives for Gigafactory Mexico despite delaying the construction of the factory.

Tesla officially announced Gigafactory Mexico back in March, and until recently, we were wondering what was the hold up to start production after the automaker said it wanted to move fast.

In October, Tesla confirmed that it was pumping the brakes on the project amid concerns about the global economy.

CEO Elon Musk said that the project would happen, and Tesla is ordering “long lead items” for it, but the timing would depend on how they see the economy recover. In the meantime, the automaker prefers investing in Texas.

But on the Mexican side, things have kept moving forward.

The Nuevo León secretary of economy, Iván Rivas, recently announced that Gigafactory Mexico has received all its needed permits to start construction.

Today, the Nuevo León government announced that it has approved an incentive package for Tesla Gigafactory Mexico (translated from Spanish):

The incentives for the Tesla Gigafactory in Nuevo León were approved by the state Economic Development Council and based on the Investment Promotion Law and Employment for the State of Nuevo León.

The incentive package takes the form of investment in local infrastructure, like water and roads around the factory site, and a reduction in the payroll tax.

Together, the incentives are valued at about 2,627 million pesos (~$153 million).

Now, it’s up to Tesla to pull the trigger on starting construction of the factory.

The Nuevo León government expects Tesla to invest $4.5 billion in the project and create 4,500 jobs before accounting for indirect investments and jobs.

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MuskWire TLDR:

Tesla has secured approximately $135 million in incentives for its Gigafactory Mexico, despite delaying the construction of the factory. The announcement of the Gigafactory Mexico was made by Tesla back in March, but the company had not started production due to concerns about the global economy. CEO Elon Musk stated that the project would proceed, but the timing would depend on the recovery of the economy. However, on the Mexican side, progress has continued, with Gigafactory Mexico receiving all the necessary permits for construction. The Nuevo León government has now approved an incentive package for the project, which includes investment in local infrastructure and a reduction in the payroll tax. These incentives are valued at approximately $153 million. Tesla is expected to invest $4.5 billion in the project and create 4,500 jobs.