Not every day an EV car company hits a round production number, and not every day you can say you've made a couple of million cars; but not every day was yesterday: July 19th 2022 will be a date that the workers of the Tesla factory in California - the first of all Tesla factories – will always remember. After a decade of operation, this Tesla plant in Fremont, California, celebrates the production of two million cars, a milestone that is reached at the best moment of its short, but intense life.
As you surely know, back in 2010 Tesla was looking for a factory in which to expand its EV plans, and searching among the many inoperative factories, it found the one in Fremont, California; owned at that time by Toyota and previously by General Motors. The facilities near the city of San Francisco became the home of Tesla after reaching an agreement with the Japanese brand. A couple of years after the purchase, the first units of the Tesla Model S began to come out, and the rest is basically history.
The very particular moment was announced by Elon Musk himself through his favorite social network, Twitter: a brief celebration for such a special moment, to tell the truth. Fremont celebrates this unique milestone in the sweetest moment of these 12 years of life. Over the last few months, the California plant held important records, such as being the most productive factory in the entire American territory, by the way surpassing other large production centers in the country. Last year was also very satisfactory for the plant records, closing the course of 2021 with a production of 444,600 units.
Tesla knew how to play its cards very well and has basically managed to make this factory - which neither Toyota nor General Motors knew how to take advantage of - one of the most important EV production centers in the world. Every week more than 8,500 electric vehicles roll off the assembly lines, mainly destined for the local market. Fremont was Tesla's corner stone in the impressive network of factories that today have reached the status of Gigafactories. Many other huge facilities have come after the Californian center, and more are yet to come, in fact.
Let's keep in mind that Fremont is only part of a wider, very intense and efficient productive system. Taking advantage of the occasion, Musk also congratulated the Nevada plant. Without it, it would not have been possible to reach such a high production rate, because without it there would have been no batteries to power the electric cars that leave the California plant every single day. This is only the beginning: the Fremont plant and the rest of the Tesla centers will continue to grow over the years, as will soon happen with the Berlin Gigafactory which is preparing for an expansion just a few months after its official inauguration.
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Nico Caballero is the VP of Finance of Cogency Power, specializing in solar energy. He also holds a Diploma in Electric Cars from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, and enjoys doing research about Tesla and EV batteries. He can be reached at @NicoTorqueNews on Twitter. Nico covers Tesla and electric vehicle latest happenings at Torque News.