Tesla Sizing Up Europe And Asia For Factory Locations

Even though the Tesla Model S has been in production for just a year, things are looking mighty good for Elon Musk’s electric car company. While Tesla has a long way to go before it taps out the production capacity of the former NUMMI factory in California, executives are already sizing up overseas facilities that could eventually produce mass market EVs in Europe and Asia.

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Tesla Buys Test Track Next To Fremont Factory

When GM pulled out of the NUMMI factory in Fremont, California, it looked like the end for the massive manufacturing facility. But then Tesla joined with Toyota to save the plant, and today more than 400 Model S electric luxury sedans leave the factory every week. To help expedite the testing and tuning process, Tesla even purchased the test track next door.

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Video: How The Tesla Model S Is Made

When Elon Musk took over Tesla Motors, he set out to create not just a different kind of electric car, but a different kind of car company. This even includes the manufacturing methods Tesla uses to put its all-aluminum Tesla Model S electric sedans together, as seen in this video from inside the Tesla Motors factory in Fremont, California.

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Video: A Look Inside The Tesla Factory

In 1984, GM and Toyota joined forces to open the NUMMI plant in Fremont, California, a state-of-the-art factory that built such memorable vehicles as the Toyota Matrix and Pontiac Vibe. Today though, the Fremont factory produces a truly futuristic vehicle, the Tesla Model S. The National Geographic series “Megafactories” takes a look inside this futuristic facility.

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