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Tesla Breaks Ground on $375 Million Lithium Refinery in Texas

Tesla’s set to hold a groundbreaking ceremony Monday for its new lithium refinery. It will be built outside Corpus Christi in Texas.

The project estimated to cost $375 million, and the new facility will produce battery-grade lithium. It is going to be one of the first of its kind in the United States. The ceremony, attended by Tesla’s billionaire CEO Elon Musk, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, and other local, state, and federal leaders.

The Tesla lithium refinery in Texas is will begin operations at the end of 2023 and will have an annual capacity of 50 GWh. During the company’s 2023 Investor Day event, Tesla announced that the Corpus Christi lithium refinery. The project will help to meet the growing demand for lithium because it is a key component in the manufacturing of electric vehicle batteries. The production of battery-grade lithium in the United States is expected to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign imports.

Governor Abbott is supportive of the new facility. Texas has highlighted the importance of facilities like the Tesla lithium refinery in Texas. During a speech in Corpus Christi on April 3rd, Abbott praised Nueces County because its role in helping Tesla expedite the permitting process for the plant. The Governor emphasized the critical need for lithium amid growing tensions with China, the primary source of the material. He expressed concerns that any disruption in lithium supply from China could have a significant impact on the state’s economy and daily operations.

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In early trading on Monday, shares of TSLA were up 0.56%

Reflecting the market’s positive response to the news about the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Tesla lithium refinery in Texas. The lithium project will boost the state’s economy. Providing a reliable source of battery-grade lithium for the electric vehicle industry in the United States. The construction of the new facility is an important step for Tesla. It seeks to expand its production capacity and reduce its reliance on foreign imports of key materials.