Tesla’s Lathrop Site Appears To Be A Parts Distribution Center: Video


Will Tesla’s mammoth site in Northern California be operational soon?

Recent drone footage from YouTuber Troopr1023 shows more progress on the 870,000 square-foot  Tesla Lathrop facility, which is about 70 miles east of the Fremont factory. It appears that construction is progressing well, at least in terms of the building’s exterior and grounds. As you can see, the area around the building is coming together nicely, with the recent addition of asphalt, loading bays, and a large white tent similar to the one in Fremont.

Teslarati explains that the “numerous truck-sized loading bays denote shipping activity.” In addition, there are few parking spaces for employees. The publication also points out that job postings refer to the Lathrop site as a Parts Distribution Center.

Tesla is looking for a motivated and experienced Supervisor for our highly dynamic parts distribution center in Lathrop, CA. This position will provide supervision of day-to-day operations including receiving, stocking, shipping and all transactions related to said activities. The Supervisor, Parts & Service Warehouse, will also ensure efficiency and accuracy of stocking and organizing parts inventory.

The Lathrop facility is in addition to another 500,000 square-foot building that Tesla purchased from Chrysler. Interesting, Chrysler used that structure as a parts distribution center in the past.

We have no indication when the building will be operational, however, continuous progress is clear.

Video Description via Troopr1023 on YouTube:

Tesla Lathrop Distribution Center Update (Jan. 27, 2019): Asphalt for Parking Lots & Loading Bays

The outer shell of Tesla’s distribution center in Lathrop is complete. Some raw materials and tools can still be seen on the roof, but the roof appears more or less complete at this point. Asphalt is being laid down for the parking lots and by the loading bays. It appears as if work is being done inside the building as well, but it was hard to see from the drone on the outside. Some of the glass has been installed by the office part of the building. There was no activity today (Sunday). There was no electromagnetic interference today as I experienced on another day. The video is shorter than normal because of a low controller battery. A white tent, similar to the tent in Fremont where the Model 3s are built, can be seen to the East of this location.

Tesla’s old location at Louise remains empty. In the summer of 2018, thousands of Tesla vehicles were parked in the parking lot and dirt lot. Now, car carriers are still parked in the parking lot, and the dirt field looks like it is being leveled for construction. The smoke stack has been demolished.

Tesla’s old location at Harlan looks to have new tenants. Many big rig trailers are now parked in the parking lot and on the back side of the building. I did not see any activity there today.

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> Tesla’s Lathrop Site Appears To Be A Parts Distribution Center

Yeah… that’s kinda what all the sane, non-reactionary, not-overhyped folk have been saying all along.

It was never going to be a factory, or anything else exciting. It’s a mundane distribution center. And you know what? That’s a good thing, because it’s exactly what Tesla needs right now to sort out the parts supply problem they’ve been having.

Behold: the solution to service hell.

A distribution center 1/5 the size of Fremont? Tesla cars have fewer parts and more commonality, especially Model 3..

I think it will have a distribution component, but the scale seems oversized, unless they want decades of expansion potential

It would not surprise me in the least if they parts and cars distributed from here.
I wonder if they have rail coming up to it?

“A distribution center 1/5 the size of Fremont?”

Is that especially large? I wouldn’t know. At any rate, with Tesla’s plans to start Model 3 assembly at the Shanghai Gigafactory late this year, and with plans to start Model Y assembly at Gigafactory 1 in Nevada, also possibly this year, it shouldn’t be a surprise if the distribution center is larger than what is needed by the Fremont assembly plant alone.

This is way too big to be JUST a distribution center. They may move that to there, but I am willing to bet that there will be more being added here.
I just have no idea of what.

They already had 1+ million sqft in Lathrop. Mostly warehouse but also some parts manufacturing. With Model 3 shipping 3-4x as many units as S/X, they need the space.

Just one question, seems they are continuing using dirty grid power, not a solar panel or frame in sight.

Usually you want to finish a building before you start putting solar panels on it, but it looks suitable for such an installation.

“Just one question, seems they are continuing using dirty grid power, not a solar panel or frame in sight.”

Actually that is not a question. Nor is it accurate. That is Northern California so it is 0% coal powered. There is a fraction that is NG powered but over all it is relatively clean grid power and getting cleaner.

Not for long if they really take out the nuke plant.

“Not for long if they really take out the nuke plant.”

Not true. The nuke plant is not slated to go out of service for almost 7 years and renewables and storage are growing fast enough to more than cover that loss.

Sorry, but no, it is not.
Look around the globe. Show me 1 medium size nation that is 100% ran by wind or solar.
You can not.

Lathrop is a hub for lots of distribution warehouses. Del Monte, In-N-Out Burger, and many others have a warehouse in Lathrop. It’s both convenient for transporting north/south and to the east, being at the edge of the Bay Area’s freeway network. Yet still relatively close to the Fremont plant.

And San Francisco is a major port city, so presumably it won’t be difficult to send parts and assemblies from the distribution center to the port, and thus overseas via ship to Tesla’s Shanghai Gigafactory.

I was surprised that on the call yesterday that previously parts were sent to a distribution center and then it was sent to the service center.
Musk gave an example of the problem when he said a service center in China ordered a part. The part was manufacturered in China but sent to a distribution center in New Jersey that then sent it to the service center in China.
He said that now service centers can order them directly from the supplier.
To me this is a software problem that needs to be corrected so orders are placed that include available locations, price, shipping costs and time. So you’re always getting the best price in the least amount of time.
So sometimes ordering directly from the supplier isn’t the best price or the most timely. Buying in large quantities is usually cheaper.