EV major, Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) could be in early discussions with Saudi Arabia about establishing a manufacturing facility within the kingdom as part of its ambitious plan to secure essential metals for electric vehicles and diversify its oil-dependent economy, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
The negotiations are preliminary and could face complications due to the contentious relationship between Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk and the Saudis. Saudi Arabia has also been pursuing the right to acquire metals needed for EVs from countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo. One proposal involves providing financing to commodities trading company Trafigura for a Congo cobalt and copper project to supply Tesla. This move could help Tesla achieve its goal of selling 20 million vehicles annually by 2030.
A successful deal would also aid Saudi Arabia in attracting foreign investment and further its efforts to access and refine metals for renewable energy. Tesla currently manufactures EVs in the US, China, and Germany and has plans to open a Gigafactory in Mexico.
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