Tesla will be announcing locations for two new Tesla factories in a couple of months.
Currently, Tesla has one factory which was previously utilised by General Motors and Toyota. Located in Fremont, California, the automaker makes use of this factory to build its Model S, Model X, and Model 3 electric vehicles (EVs). According to CEO Elon Musk, the factory is “jammed to the gills.”
Tesla is now searching for a new manufacturing location to begin operations within the next two years. This plant will be responsible for the production of Tesla’s upcoming vehicle, the Model Y. Depending on the size of the plant, it may also be used to either broaden current production numbers.
Musk also brought to light a second Gigafactory that the company plans to build in China. The existing Gigafactory located in Reno, Nevada has a primary focus of manufacturing batteries and the motors shared between the Model 3 and Tesla Semi.
It was also mentioned that all future Tesla plants would be manufacturing both vehicles and batteries in the same facility. This is unlike the currently established model, where Tesla must transport its batteries over 320 kilometres from the Gigafactory to its Fremont facility.
Tesla’s production numbers of the Model 3 have been under scrutiny over the last several months, as the automaker struggled to meet production goals. An increase in space will allow Tesla to build a more robust platform for the production of their fleet of electric vehicles.