Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California is one of the world’s most advanced automotive plants, with 5.3 million square feet of manufacturing and office space on 370 acres of land. Following the City of Fremont’s approval of Tesla’s expansion plans, the company will nearly double the size of the facility to almost 10 million square feet, creating thousands of new jobs in the coming years.
Prior to Tesla, the facility was home to General Motors from 1962 to 1982 and Toyota’s New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc (NUMMI) from 1984 until the partnership ended in 2009. Tesla purchased the facility in 2010 and extensively remodelled it before the first Model S rolled off the line in June 2012. To brighten what was once a dark, enclosed space, Tesla added skylights to provide workers with natural light and painted the floors with white epoxy to create a clean work environment. The facility also features a cafeteria, gym, health centre and outdoor patios.
To support the ramp of vehicle production to 500,000 cars a year by 2018, Tesla is focused on achieving the world’s most automated manufacturing systems while ensuring its large factory workforce is trained in the advanced skills unique to Tesla’s production processes. To date, Tesla has already increased the production rate at its Fremont factory by 400 percent, a rate that will only increase as Tesla ramps production of Model 3 in 2017. Tesla always aims for the highest possible level of vehicle craftsmanship, with every Model S, Model X and Model 3 built in Fremont, where the vast majority of the vehicle’s components are also made.