The Tesla Factory in Fremont, California is one of the world’s most advanced automotive factories, containing 5.3 million square feet of manufacturing and office space.
Tesla purchased the facility in 2010 and extensively remodeled it before the first Model S rolled off the line in June 2012. We added skylights and high-efficiency overhead lights to brighten what was once a dark, enclosed space. Floors and walls are painted a pristine white to both brighten up the space and set the tone for laboratory like attention to detail. State of the art robots now help us lift, turn, weld and assemble the aluminum occupant cell and body to extremely high tolerances.
In July 2014, we paused production to upgrade the assembly line, add capacity to the body shop, enhance powertrain assembly, and revamp facilities for our employees. With Model X on the horizon, Dual Motor Model S now in production, and increasing global demand, the update was necessary to ensure that we are able to meet demand for the foreseeable future. Now, our operation is capable of producing more than 100,000 vehicles annually, and our employees have more amenities to keep them happy and healthy.
Prior to Tesla, the facility was home to General Motors and Toyota’s New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc (NUMMI) from 1984 until the partnership ended in 2009. At its height under NUMMI, the plant produced 500,000 cars per year. Tesla is proud to be building on the rich manufacturing tradition of this facility for years to come.