According to Bloomberg Tesla is set to increase vehicle production in its California plant.
The electric-car maker is “making preparations” to raise output at its factory in Fremont, California, Jerome Guillen, Tesla’s automotive president, wrote Tuesday. “While we can’t be too specific in this email, I know you will be delighted with the upcoming developments.”
After several rounds of job cuts announced by Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk over the past year, Guillen also told employees that Tesla is hiring. “As we continue to ramp up production, please tell your friends and neighbors that we have lots of exciting new positions open, both in Fremont and at Giga,” he wrote, referring to the company’s battery factory near Reno, Nevada.
If this is true then Scaringe and the rest of Rivian most likely will have their eyes on Tesla to see what they can learn for when the R1S and R1T start production.Tesla has said it plans to produce “significantly” more than the 360,000 to 400,000 vehicles the company expects to deliver in 2019. Output may reach 500,000 vehicles worldwide this year if its factory near Shanghai can reach “volume production” early in the fourth quarter, the company told shareholders in April.
Guillen wrote in his newsletter that several portions of the Shanghai plant are falling into place.
“The Stamping, Body, Paint, and General Assembly lines in China are well underway and hitting records in both line design and fabrication,” he said.