Tesla was able to convince Mexico’s Nuevo Leon state to create a special lane that makes it easier for its suppliers in the country to cross to and from the United States. The state of Nuevo Leon borders Texas where Tesla moved its headquarters and now relies on several Mexican suppliers to operate.
Ivan Rivas, Nuevo Leon’s economy minister, said Tesla is currently working with six state suppliers, including APG Mexico, EnFlex Corp., Faurecia and even Germany’s ZF. And now that the automaker has established its base in Texas, it’s only natural that the number of businesses it relies on across the border will grow over time.
Wait times to cross the border from Texas to Nuevo Leon can reach 25 minutes during peak hours and with the use of the new dedicated lane, Tesla suppliers get through in less than 10 minutes. The lane is marked with the Tesla script just above, and it’s really unusual to see something like that at a border crossing.
The two states only share a 9-mile border with a single crossing point. It is Nuevo Leon’s only direct border with the United States.
Bloomberg quotes Ivan Rivas saying
It was a simple incitement. What we want is a much faster and more efficient passage. And maybe there will be a path for other companies in the future, like for Tesla.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has raised the possibility of opening a factory somewhere in Mexico. As noted in the Electrek report that made this public, the location had yet to be decided and there was a chance it could also be built in Canada. However, if Tesla were to choose Mexico, Nuevo Leon, which the government is already in contact with, might be a desirable location.