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  • Tesla factory, Fremont, California

    Half a century ago, the General Motors assembly plant was the largest employer in Fremont, California, and the town was known for its dragstrip. Today, that plant makes Tesla electric cars and Fremont is a part of the San Francisco Bay Area's Silicon Valley, creating advanced technology for the world. The city has now taken another step into the future, requiring that all new houses be delivered ready for the installation of electric-car charging stations. DON’T MISS: Which carmakers show CA 2025 zero-emission vehicle rules are already within reach? According to the East Bay Times, the...

  • 2012 Tesla Model S beta vehicle, Fremont, CA, October 2011
    Tesla now 'driving force' behind San Francisco area manufacturing

    Electric-car maker Tesla Motors has had many interesting and unexpected effects in its decade of existence. It's launched a series of electric cars with 200 miles or more of range, which remain—eight years after its first Roadster—the only such cars sold today that can make that claim...

  • 2012 Tesla Model S beta vehicle, Fremont, CA, October 2011
    2012 Tesla Model S: Photo Gallery

    This week's most discussed car may well be the 2012 Tesla Model S. And that's by design. Startup electric-car company Tesla Motors opened its Fremont, California, factory for the last three days to let a select list of customers, reservation holders, and journalists from around the world see...

  • Tesla Model S Alpha build
    2012 Tesla Model S Electric Sedan: What Do You Want To Know?

    This Saturday, we’ll be heading to the California factory where Tesla Motors plans to build its much-anticipated 2012 Model S electric sports sedan. While we’re there, we’ll be given a full tour of the former NUMMI factory in Fremont, California. where the Model S will be...

  • Tesla Motors, Palo Alto, California
    Tesla Gears Up $42 Million Fremont Factory For Model S

    Tesla has officially completed its $42 million acquisition of the former NUMMI factory, a joint venture between Toyota and General Motors that was shut down in April due to the recession. The New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. facilities in Fremont, Calif. spans 5.5 million square feet and will...

  • 2012 Tesla Model S prototype
    Tesla Opens Up About Its New Old Factory

    The ink's barely dry on the Tesla - Toyota deal that gives the startup electric-car maker a new manufacturing home. But today, Tesla's going public with some details on how it plans to use the former NUMMI facility in Fremont, California, to build its mainstream 2012 Tesla Model S sedan. The former...

  • 2009 Tesla Roadster, Skyline Boulevard, San Mateo, CA

    The surprise partnership between Tesla Motors and Toyota announced two weeks ago generated a lot of head-scratching. The big question is, What does Toyota get out of the deal? It's easy to see what Tesla gets: more capital (Toyota will invest $50 million in Tesla just before its planned public offering); a nearby auto factory (NUMMI in Fremont, California) in which to build its 2012 Model S electric sports sedan; access to Toyota's undeniably world-class production engineering; and access to Toyota's array of global platforms, components, and supply chains #WIN: Tesla In other words: Tesla...

  • Elon Musk, photographed by Steve Jurvetson
    Tesla’s Elon Musk: 'I Ran Out of Cash'

    Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk seems to have it all. The electric-car entrepreneur is the toast of Silicon Valley, Sacramento, and Tokyo after unveiling a plan to revive Toyota’s shuttered NUMMI plant last week. And deal-hungry Wall Street bankers are angling to take his company public. He’s even a...

  • 2010 Toyota Matrix
    2010 Toyota Matrix: Reports of Its Death Are Much Exaggerated

    While Mark Twain apparently didn't say, "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated," the statement has passed into legend. Twain's quote applies neatly to the 2010 Toyota Matrix hatchback, which has not--despite our erroneous reporting, here and here--been killed off. It remains in production...

  • Toyota-Tesla press conference, Palo Alto, California, on May 20, 2010
    Questions answered: Live-blogging the Tesla-Toyota press conference

    We’re here at Tesla’s new headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. live-blogging the announcement of a strategic partnership between Tesla Motors and Toyota. Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, Toyota President and CEO Akio Toyoda and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger are on stage. Elon Musk: This is...

  • Tesla Model S Sedan
    Toyota Teams Up With Tesla For Electric Vehicle Development

    Tesla and Toyota have announced that they intend to cooperate on the development of electric vehicles, parts, and production system and engineering support. The two companies intend to form a team of specialists to further those efforts. Additionally, Toyota has agreed to purchase $50 million of...

  • Tesla Motors and Toyota logos
    Confirmed: Tesla to Build Electric Vehicles with Toyota at NUMMI Plant

    Governor Arnold Scharzenegger leaked earlier today that Tesla Motors will be partnering with Toyota to build a new electric vehicle. Now, a reliable source close to the deal confirms that this is true — but that Tesla will also be acquiring the recently-closed NUMMI automotive manufacturing plant...

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