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New Tesla location coming to Brownsville, mayor confirms

Mayor calls Brownsville ‘innovation capital of RGV’

FILE - This May 12, 2020 file photo photo shows the Tesla plant in Fremont, Calif.  Teslas third-quarter sales rose 44% from a year ago as global demand for its electric vehicles proved stronger than most other automakers. The company said it delivered 139,000 SUVs and sedans from July through September compared with 97,000 deliveries during the same period a year ago. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
FILE - This May 12, 2020 file photo photo shows the Tesla plant in Fremont, Calif. Teslas third-quarter sales rose 44% from a year ago as global demand for its electric vehicles proved stronger than most other automakers. The company said it delivered 139,000 SUVs and sedans from July through September compared with 97,000 deliveries during the same period a year ago. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Brownsville will get a new 14,000-square-foot Tesla location, Mayor Trey Mendez confirmed on Sunday.

Mendez said the announcement was the culmination of “months of secrecy” and that the project shows that “Brownsville is undoubtedly the innovation capital of the RGV.” The Tesla location will feature a service area and showroom.

After several months of secrecy, we can finally reveal that we are getting a Tesla location in Brownsville. It is a...

Posted by Mayor Trey Mendez on Sunday, December 13, 2020

According to a report by the Brownsville Herald, the center will be located on the southbound frontage road of Interstate 69 E, just north of the Brownsville Sports Park.

Connie Miller, the retail and redevelopment manager for the city of Brownsville, told the Herald that the facility will feature a 1,925-square-foot service area and a 2,309-square-foot business area, which includes 1,425 square feet of showroom space.

Currently, the Tesla website lists that the supercharger facility has a target date of 2020, though no official date has been announced by city leaders as of yet.

The city of Brownsville is nearest to SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s Boca Chica launch facility.

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Jakob Rodriguez is a digital journalist at KSAT 12. He's a graduate of Texas State University, where he served as the editor-in-chief of the student-run newspaper, The University Star.