Tesla Canada will soon be opening a brand new factory in Markham, Ontario. At this facility, they will be manufacturing the equipment needed to produce the batteries found aboard Tesla’s vehicles.
This announcement came not from Tesla themselves, but from the City of Markham’s mayor, Frank Scarpitti.
In his public statement, which can be found on Twitter, he wrote:
“I am delighted to share that Tesla Canada is joining our already robust automotive and technology ecosystem by locating a manufacturing facility in the City of Markham. The facility will be the first branded Tesla Canada manufacturing facility in Canada and will produce state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment to be used at the Gigafactories located around the world in the production of batteries.”
— Frank Scarpitti, Mayor, City of Markham, Ont.
Tesla has also released a quick look at some of their goings-on at their Markham operations. This came via their LinkedIn page.
Now, Tesla will not be manufacturing electric vehicles or the actual batteries at this new facility in Canada.
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This falls more in line with Tesla’s acquisition of Hibar Systems Ltd., a company known for its battery equipment manufacturing expertise. Hibar Systems was located just minutes away from Markham, in Richmond Hill, Ontario.
Now, with this move, Tesla may be expanding operations with that existing team. This would help them expedite their battery manufacturing processes heading into 2023.