Yesterday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk informed through his Twitter account that Tesla’s California factory is at full capacity and they are considering a major expansion.
Actually, we still operate our California factory, which is the largest auto plant in North America, at full capacity and are considering expanding it significantly.
It has built 2/3 of all electric vehicles in North America, twice as much as all other carmakers combined.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 3, 2022
Which Factory Elon Musk Was Talking About?
At the same time, Elon Musk didn’t hesitate to remind his follower that Tesla’s California factory is the largest auto plant in North America. It is producing two-thirds of all electric vehicles in North America, more than twice as many as other manufacturers.
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The California factory that Musk was talking about is the vehicle assembly factory in Fremont, California. This is also the first vehicle factory that was producing Tesla cars. Not only that, this is where they are currently producing the most models. They include the Model S, Model X, Model 3, and Model Y.
Tesla Didn’t Build The Californian Factory Itself
Though Tesla is currently building the so-called Gigafactory, Elon Musk’s company didn’t build the one in Fremont, California itself. In fact, it was in operation in the 1960s. The initial owner of the plant was General Motors. But from 1984 to 2009, it was operating as a new joint venture between General Motors and Toyota. Then, in 2010, Tesla purchased it and began manufacturing the first Model S in June 2012.
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According to information on Tesla’s official website, the factory in Fremont, California, covers an area of 370 acres and initially has 5.3 million square feet (about 492,400 square meters) of production facilities and office space. In 2016, Fremont city approved its expansion plans. In effect, the factory nearly doubled in space, reaching nearly 10 million square feet (929,000 square meters) of production and office space.
Judging from the pictures released by Tesla on the official website, there is still a lot of available space around their Fremont factory. It is also conducive to their large-scale expansion.
Tesla’s Fremont factory is operating at full capacity. We can notice it even in their earnings report. Tesla’s financial report shows that from the fourth quarter of 2020 to the fourth quarter of last year, the annual production capacity of this factory has been 600,000 vehicles. 100,000 of them are the Model S and Model X, whereas 500,000 vehicles are the Model 3 and Model Y. The last time the production capacity of the Fremont plant increased significantly was in the third quarter of 2020. From 490,000, it reached to 590,000 in the previous quarter. It was conditioned by the fact that the production capacity of Model 3 and Model Y was up from 400,000 to 500,000 vehicles.