To those who are planning to buy EVs, you will have more reason to buy a Tesla car after Elon Musk’s electric-car maker hammered out a deal with officials in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon to have an exclusive lane.
The automotive manufacturer Tesla has struck a deal with business-friendly Nuevo León to have its own private lane at a Mexico-U.S. border crossing. A bit like a fast-track security checkpoint at the airport, the lane is solely for companies that work with Tesla and the automaker’s employees.
Tesla now has six different companies providing parts for its vehicles in Mexico, including EnFlex Corp., Quanta Computer, Faurecia SE, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, and APG Mexico.
State authorities say the new exclusive lane will make border crossings more efficient and faster, even though there is no similar exclusive lane on the U.S. side of the border. Nuevo Leon stretches out over 9 miles close to the Texas border and has a population of over 5 million.
Here’s what the new lane look like:
Dedicated Tesla lane at the US / Mexico border. This is what large scale production looks like pic.twitter.com/1fWK1FxXur
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More details of this interesting story from the ‘Electrek’ report:
Tesla has managed to strike a deal with the state of Nuevo Leon to have its own lane at the US-Mexico border, which should help the company and its suppliers get across faster.
Nuevo Leon is a weirdly shaped state that managed to have its border drawn in a way that gave it a little 9-mile border with the United States and more specifically the state of Texas.
While it is small in size, it has a large population of more than 5 million people – most of them concentrated around Monterrey, its capital, and the many industries in the region, including many automotive suppliers.
Now we learn that Tesla has struck a deal with the state of Nuevo Leon to have its own lane at the border crossing. It resulted in fairly comical signage for a border crossing:
Bloomberg talked to Ivan Rivas, the economy minister of Nuevo Leon, about the deal. The politician said that it was an “incentive” awarded to Tesla:
It was a simple incentive. What we want is a crossing that’s much more expedited and efficient. And maybe there will be a lane for other companies in the future like there is for Tesla.
The exclusive lane will enable Tesla and its suppliers to avoid some wait time at the border, even though the border crossing in Nuevo Leon is among the least popular and the longest wait times are generally no more than 20 minutes.
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‘Tech Crunch’ added these details:
Tesla suppliers traveling from Nuevo León, Mexico, to Texas now have their very own dedicated border patrol lane. Elon Musk’s electric car company, which recently relocated its headquarters from Fremont, California, to Austin, has struck a deal with the “pro-business” Mexican state to allow express access for Tesla and its suppliers at the Colombia Solidarity checkpoint, reports Bloomberg.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection, however, has given Tesla no such exemption, according to a spokesperson from the agency, so it looks like the ease of access is only one way for now.
“For northbound commercial trucks at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge, currently there are only the regular cargo lanes and the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) lane, which is for the exclusive use of companies that are enrolled in the CBP-Trade Partnership against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program,” Rick Pauza, public affairs officer for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, told TechCrunch. “There is no separate, dedicated lane for Tesla or any specific company.”
Nuevo León is home to at least six Tesla suppliers, including APG Mexico and Taiwanese-based companies EnFlex Corp. and Quanta Computer. Ivan Rivas, the region’s economy minister, told Bloomberg that Nuevo León is becoming an “electro-mobility hub,” and that he expects the EV industry to contribute to between 5% and 7% of investment in the state this year.
Despite a heavy presence in Mexico, Tesla founder Elon Musk continues to insist that “Teslas are the most made-in-USA vehicles.”
The company is No. 1 on the Cars.com 2022 American-Made Index which ranks car companies on how much of their production and manufacturing takes place inside the United States.