Forget Nevada? Tesla Looks to Fremont for Model Y Production

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
forget nevada tesla looks to fremont for model y production

After claiming, via official channels, that its Nevada Gigafactory would likely become the site of Model Y production, Tesla seems to have changed its mind on where to build its upcoming crossover.

During a weekend podcast, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said production of the vehicle will likely take place where all other Teslas are built. It might not even require a tent.

As reported by Bloomberg, Musk’s remarks came during a recent “Ride the Lightning” podcast hosted by Model 3 owner Ryan McCaffrey. Forgive this writer for avoiding said podcast like the plague.

“Right now our default plan actually is to produce the Y at Fremont,” Musk said. “I was skeptical about whether this made sense at first but my team convinced me the fastest way to get to volume production is to do the Y at Fremont.”

In April, Tesla and battery partner Panasonic froze plans for further spending (and expansion) at the automaker’s Nevada Gigafactory. At Fremont, home of the Model S, X, and 3, Tesla ramped up production of the Model 3 last year by employing an assembly line built in an outdoor tent. It seems the Model Y, which boasts a slightly larger footprint than the Model 3 and slightly reduced range, may avoid a similar fate.

According to current and former employees who spoke with CNBC, Tesla plans to move assembly of the Model S and X to a single line, freeing room for indoor Model Y production. Both models have seen sales crater in the wake of the cheaper Model 3’s release. The same employees claim the company no longer employs nighttime or weekend shifts for the production of these models, adding that Model Y equipment orders have barely begun.

Following last quarter’s dismal deliveries and earnings reports, as well as a share price that dropped precipitously, Tesla claims it will clamp down on unnecessary spending even more. At the same time, the company sought to raise over $2 billion via a sale of stock and convertible notes. Cash raised, Musk reportedly said, will tide the company over for 10 months.

The Model Y is expected to reach production in late 2020.

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  • Gasser Gasser on Jun 03, 2019

    With falling volume of sales, it makes sense to consolidate production at Fremont. It seems to me that Tesla’s biggest problem is that almost all of the “early adopters” have adopted. Here in Los Angeles, new cars get a paper registration number until the metal plates arrive. I have seen many Model 3 that are brand new, but I haven’t seen any new Model S or X in weeks. I wonder how those sales are going?? With very limited refresh to Model S and the fact that most were purchased (not leased, due to banks’ inability to forecast resale values), why buy a new one after 3 or 4 years? As to the Model X, I have two acquaintances who have dumped theirs, due to disgust with the gull wing doors, both problems with closure and problems with passengers whacking their heads on entrance and egress.

  • EGSE EGSE on Jun 03, 2019

    Off-topic but may be of interest to a few here. An acquaintance with a Model S P90D made some runs at the local strip last month. Three passes all 12.43 to 12.45 for 1/4 mile.. No info on trap speed. Each pass drained ~2% from the battery. For reference a Dodge Viper turned a best of 12.9 at the same strip and with times much less consistent between runs.

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    • EGSE EGSE on Jun 03, 2019

      @jack4x There was no word on the Viper's age, condition or the skill of the driver. It was a test and tune day and a lot of folks just show up to get a few timing slips. If I was given a choice between a Tesla or Viper to make a few 1/4 runs it'd be the Viper for the grin factor, no question.

  • Teddyc73 Looking forward to this. Hopefully it doesn't succomb to the leftist agenda and only come as an EV. If there is a gasoline version and a decent sized bed I'll consider this to replace my Ram 1500 when the day comes. Please let it be available in colors other than the same boring ones Ram has offered for years.
  • Xidex i haven't even turned the dial to AM since the 90's I think at that time it was only because there is one station i liked was on the AM dial (it is no longer around) Someone had to point to the station otherwise i wouldn't have even scanned the AM dial. I still think the AM dial should be left on radios though, If no one listened to it then there wouldn't be any stations would there.
  • Kwik_Shift I have five AM stations preset, each different from one another in terms of content. Some politics, some day to day, some do it yourselfing or help. Focus is more on local news and events. FM is just about pushing crap music and djs pushing the MSM message for their corporate overlords. FM is about making radio sound exactly the same all over North America. I like ONE FM station that plays different varieties of country music and has an entertaining dj. Overall, to each their own.
  • Kat Laneaux What's the benefits of this as opposed to the Ford or Nissan. Will the mileage be better than the 19 city, 24 hwy? Will it cost less than the average of $60,000? Will it be a hybrid?
  • Johnster Minor quibble. The down-sized full-sized 1980-only Continental (which was available with Town Car and Town Coupe trims) gave up its name in 1981 and became the Town Car. The name "Town Coupe" was never used after the 1980 model year. The 1981 Lincoln Town Car was available with a 2-door body style, but the 2-door Lincoln Town Car was discontinued and not offered for the 1982 model year and never returned to the Lincoln lineup.