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Tuesday, 25 January 2022 09:35

Tesla's Fremont Factory is Most Productive Car Plant in North America

Written by Dan Mihalascu, Inside EVs
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Tesla’s original factory in Fremont, CA, was the most productive auto plant in North America in 2021, according to a Bloomberg analysis of production data from more than 70 production facilities.

The former NUMMI facility, bought by Tesla in 2010, produced an average of 8,550 cars per week last year, more than Toyota’s facility in Georgetown, KY (8,427 cars per week), BMW’s Spartanburg plant in South Carolina (8,343) or Ford’s truck plant in Dearborn, MI (5,564).

 

With a total production of approximately 444,600 cars in 2021---Tesla did not release an official figure for Fremont but that's what you get by multiplying 8,550 cars a week by 52 weeks---the California plant was surpassed by Tesla’s other vehicle manufacturing facility, Giga Shanghai, which tripled its output last year to nearly 486,000.

 

Overall, Tesla expanded its global production by 83% over 2020 levels, to 930,422 vehicles.

 

While 2021 was a remarkable year for Tesla despite the supply-chain shortages that stifled auto production around the world, 2022 looks set to become another record-breaking year, as the EV maker is expected to open two new plants in the first quarter, in Austin, TX, and Berlin, Germany. 

 

Furthermore, CEO Elon Musk said in October he plans to further increase production in Fremont and Shanghai by 50%---not to mention his longstanding target to increase vehicle deliveries by roughly 50% every year. 

 

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