City Council Approves Tesla’s Fremont Factory Expansion Plans
Tesla has come up with a plan for expanding its Fremont Factory in California. The project may as much as double the factory’s footprint. This week, the Fremont City Council approved the company’s plans.
Keep in mind that in the past, GM and Toyota (NUMMI) proved that the Fremont Factory, in its current configuration, was capable of producing a half-million vehicles per year. However, due to the current emissions permit, the paint shop is only allowed to service about 200,000 vehicles per year. With up to an additional 4.6 million square feet of new construction framing the current site, obviously, Tesla has much bigger plans. As shown above, new buildings range from small (about 100,000 sq. ft.), to enormous (at over a million sq. ft.).
Tesla employs over 1,000 Fremont residents at the factory. Worker volume totals 6,210 and could jump to over 9,000 after the expansion is complete.
To put production into perspective, Tesla built a little over 50,000 vehicles in Fremont in 2015. This year, the company is slated to hit a goal of 80,000 to 90,000 vehicles. Tesla has announced that it will reach 400,000 vehicles (mostly Model 3s) per year by 2018. The end goal is at least 500,000 vehicles per year.
While the project was approved, not all voters agreed with the plan. Special attention was made about the project and its approval being rushed. Concerns centered around parking, traffic, and impact to surrounding areas. Nonetheless, Tesla got its way and will move forward as planned.
Source: East Bay Times