Published on December 17th, 2016 | by James Ayre0
Fremont Approves Massive Tesla Factory Expansion
December 17th, 2016 by James Ayre
The city of Fremont, California, has approved Tesla’s plans to drastically expand its production facility there, as a means of keeping up with ongoing growth demands.
The expansion will see Tesla’s Fremont manufacturing space nearly doubled in size — in total, around 4.6 million square feet of manufacturing space will be added, spread across 11 new buildings. These new buildings will range in size from around a million square feet to “just” 118,000 square feet.
A majority of this new manufacturing space relates to the company’s long-term production plans for the Model 3 sedan and the Model Y CUV.
Teslarati provides more: “At present, there are 6,210 workers at the Tesla factory; 1,000 of them are Fremont residents. The city anticipates the new manufacturing space will add an additional 3,100 workers to Tesla’s payroll at the Fremont factory. Tesla plans to build as many as 500,000 cars a year, most of them Model 3, by the end of 2018. The new buildings will be critical to meeting that goal.”
Fremont clearly has a strong incentive to please Tesla, and must be ecstatic to be hosting one of the hottest brands — if not the hottest brand — in the world.
Continuing: “While approving Tesla’s plan to add manufacturing space, the city council also spoke approvingly about a request from the local carpenters union asking Tesla to be more proactive about the need for work and training programs aimed at assisting workers to improve skill sets needed for manufacturing work.”
The news follows on the relatively recent completion of the company’s new state-of-the-art paint shop at the Fremont facility.
For more information on the planned Fremont expansion, see: “Tesla May Double Current Size Of Fremont Factory.”