According to Tesla’s most recent impact report, the EV maker now has around 130,000 employees. This is a 30% growth in headcount year over year.
And all these new Tesla employees are going to support the EV maker’s ambitious growth plans. Currently, Tesla is ramping up vehicle production at 2 new factories on two continents with both Giga Texas and Giga Berlin reaching a production rate of 5000 Model Ys per week only a year since starting production.
The EV maker is also significantly increasing production capacity at two of its current manufacturing plants in Fremont, California, and Shanghai, Chania.
And if all this expansion wasn’t enough, Tesla has also announced two new Gigafactories one in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and another massive expansion to Giga Nevada that should allow it to produce 50,000 Tesla Semis a year and 100GWh of 4680 cells.
This is all exciting and perhaps is already enough to make Tesla the fastest-growing mass manufacturer of any goods in the world. However, this being Tesla, the company has revealed that it’s just starting.
Thanks to a public presentation by Jason Shawhan, Tesla's director of manufacturing at Giga Texas, we know that the EV maker is planning a significant expansion just in its Austin plant.
According to Shawhan, Tesla currently has over 20,000 employees on-site at Giga Texas. And the EV maker is already struggling to provide enough parking space for all its employees. To solve this issue, Shawhan says Tesla is building a multi-level parking garage close to the factory.
However, if you think managing 20,000 employees is too much, Shawhan says once Cybertruck production is fully ramped up at Giga Texas, the workforce at the plant should balloon to over 60,000 employees.
BREAKING: @Tesla has revealed that once Cybertruck production is ramped up that Giga Texas will have over 60,000 employees. They have 20,000 employees on site currently, according to a public presentation by Jason Shawhan, Tesla's director of manufacturing at Giga Texas.
This means the Cybertruck ramp, all the way to reaching full production capacity will require the addition of 40,000 employees. Tesla hasn’t given any concrete numbers for the annual production rate it expects for the Cybertruck besides saying somewhere between 250,000 to 500,000 trucks a year.
However, if the EV maker is planning to add 40,000 employees to enable the Cybertruck production ramp then this would suggest that Tesla is looking on the higher end of the 250 to 500 thousand annual production rate floated earlier in the year. This bodes well for the over 2 million individuals who have put a reservation on the Cybertruck.
Also, to put employing 60,000 workers at Giga Texas into perspective, this is 3 times as many employees as Tesla has at Giga Shanghai which in its own right already has a production rate of 1 million vehicles a year.
Currently, this is the first time we have heard of Tesla’s plans for massive growth at Giga Texas however, we will be sure to keep you posted once we learn more about the EV maker’s plans. Until then, make sure to visit our site torquenews.com/Tesla regularly for the latest updates.
So what do you think? Excited to learn that Tesla is planning to add 40,000 employees a Giga Texas to support the Cybertruck ramp? Also, how many Cybertruck units do you think Tesla will be able to sell per year? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
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Tinsae Aregay has been following Tesla and The evolution of the EV space on a daily basis for several years. He covers everything about Tesla from the cars to Elon Musk, the energy business, and autonomy. Follow Tinsae on Twitter at @TinsaeAregay for daily Tesla news.