Tesla Investing $375 Million in Corpus Christi-Area Lithium Refinery
With this refinery, Tesla hopes to produce enough battery-grade lithium to manufacture one million vehicles per year, with the potential to expand that output. Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Tesla CEO Elon Musk were in Robstown for the official groundbreaking of Tesla’s lithium refining facility.
A first-of-its-kind in North America, the Tesla refinery will produce battery-grade lithium and house battery materials processing, refining, and manufacturing operations. Tesla representatives say the plant is a “near environmentally neutral site”. Tesla’s Musk added, “There’s no toxic emissions or anything, you could live right in the middle of the refinery and not suffer any ill effects.”
The project, on 500 acres, is expected to create up to 400 jobs. It’s slated to be complete in mid-2024 and be running full speed in 2025.