Inside Tesla's Fremont Factory

Inside Tesla's Fremont Factory

Recently, Tesla allowed some Wall Street analyst types to tour its Fremont factory and apparently those tours have resulted in most analsyts concluding that Tesla has made tremendous progress at Fremont as it gears up for the Model 3.

As Bloomberg reports:

"Tesla spent some $1.6 billion on major upgrades last year as it prepares to launch its first attempt at a mass-market car—the Model 3—on March 31. The transformation is striking, according to auto analysts at Stifel Financial Corp., Credit Suisse Group AG, and Baird."

Perhaps more important than the spending is that analysts say "Tesla is learning from the mistakes that delayed its previous launches" and will reportedly stay on track with the Model 3 launch slated for late 2017.

Additional changes at Fremont, as described by Tesla's new chief financial officer, Jason Wheeler, include:

  • New Aluminum Stamping Press with up to 20 times the output of Tesla's previous machine
  • Paint Shop capable of painting up to 500,000 cars a year
  • Faster Assembly Lines with capabilities of up to 175,000 cars per year
  • More Robots
  • More employees
Lastly, the analysts saw Model X production moving along at a decent rate, but noted that Tesla is making 5 to 6 Model S electric cars for every 1 Model X rolling off the line.

Source: Bloomberg