Tesla Fremont Factory Continues to Receive Refinements and Upgrades
Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati
Published March 13, 2023
Tesla’s Fremont, CA, Factory continues to receive refinements and upgrades to help with the production of electric vehicles, filings show.
Tesla continuously upgrades its factories, and through the daily operation of machinery, things continue to be fixed, replaced and refined to keep manufacturing lines moving.
However, Tesla is doing more than just routine production line maintenance at the Fremont Factory.
Over the past year, the automaker has started preparing for a new Model 3 design and potential refresh with the Model Y and even started preparing for Cybertruck battery production on the second floor of the plant.
Tesla seems to be making even more refinements to Fremont in preparation for a smoother manufacturing process and could be preparing for changes in the production line to prepare for the new vehicles.
Over the past month, Tesla has made numerous improvements to production lines, including tool updates and installations, filings seen by Teslarati show. These improvements were made to several lines and occurred Feb. 19, 23 and 24, as well as March 2 and 3.
The tooling upgrades can help with everything from build quality to the overall operation of the plant.
After building hundreds of thousands of vehicles at the plant annually, upgrades are required to keep the facility in working order, especially as Tesla has overwhelming demand for its vehicles in the U.S.
Additionally, new ground in rollers and lifter tools were installed at the facility March 9 and 10, respectively.
The changes at the plant follow the installation of several new manufacturing lines to support Project Highland, which was the codename given to the Model 3 revamp last year. Additionally, Tesla started implementing automated quality control at Fremont that would help monitor build quality earlier this year.
Tesla has long struggled with build quality complaints in its vehicles but has improved over the years. The installation of new equipment at Fremont helps continue these improvements, and the development of new technology, like the automated quality control equipment, helps raise the standard of Tesla’s cars.
Filings seen by Teslarati have yet to mention specific upgrades for the potential Model Y revamp, known as Project Juniper.
Tesla started filing improvements related to Project Highland about six months before reports started circulating on the new Model 3 program.
Tesla has been building the Model Y at Fremont since its initial production phases in 2020 but it is now built at Gigafactory Texas in the U.S. also.
Tesla may not be completely overhauling the vehicle, according to some reports, and instead could opt for more refinements to increase the quality and the DNA of the vehicle, as it did for the Model S and Model X in 2021.