Saturday, 20 February 2021 00:04

Tesla Files to Expand Fremont Factory, Make Model Y ‘Tent’ Permanent

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati
Tesla’s General Assembly 4.5 line at the Fremont Factory. Tesla’s General Assembly 4.5 line at the Fremont Factory. Ryan Ferrin|YouTube

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Tesla has filed an application with the City of Fremont, CA, to expand its vehicle production facility by 64,000 square feet.

The application describes plans to implement foundations and install below-ground utilities under General Assembly 4.5 (GA 4.5), where the Model Y production lines are located at the Fremont factory.


GA 4.5 is currently a tent, or spring structure, that sits outside of Tesla’s Fremont factory. It has been home to the Model Y production and possibly the Model 3 as well since February 2020.


According to past permit filings with the City of Fremont’s local government, Tesla initially opened the tent outside during this time and has added to the tent on several occasions.


Tesla is now looking to make GA 4.5 permanent by adding a 64,000 square foot structure onto the Fremont factory. The spring structure that was used before was erected in a pinch as Tesla was planning to begin the production of the Model Y, but didn’t have the space for it with Model S, Model X and Model 3 production all going on under the same roof.


The filing states: “Foundations and underground utilities for proposed 64,000 sf south expansion.”


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