Pioneering electric vehicle maker Tesla may be showing interest in locating a major manufacturing facility in Ontario, according to a report by the Canadian Press.
The rumour mill got going last week when Tesla CEO Elon Musk made an offhand remark about considering Canada as a manufacturing location since he holds Canadian citizenship through his mother. But, according to Canadian Press, a recent shift in Tesla’s lobbying efforts may be signaling “more substantive evidence of the possibility.”
Until recently Tesla has engaged with the Canadian government mainly to lobby for policies that would drive consumer demand for electric vehicles. But Canadian Press reports that Tesla’s filing with Ontario’s lobbyist registry was updated in late July for changes to speed up permitting processes and boost incentives to make the province more attractive to “advanced manufacturing investment.”
There are also records that show that a meeting took place in June between Tesla and two senior official in the office of Industry Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne.
Canadian Press says that while what those discussions focused on is not known, what is known is that Tesla is looking for locations for a new Gigafactory – the term for a massive facility that would bring everything from assembly to battery making and recycling under one roof.