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Tesla is coming to Fremont

By Matt Artz
Thursday, May 20th, 2010 at 2:45 pm in Uncategorized.

teslaTesla is going to make electric cars at the NUMMI site. Apparently, it’ll create 800 to 1,200 jobs. Press conference 5 p.m. at Tesla Headquarters in Palo Alto.

“We’ll be very happy to have the first electric cars here,” Mayor Wasserman said.

By the way, the mayor says he can’t attend the news conference. Standing in for him will be? 

You guessed it,  Councilmember Bob Wieckowski. Good timing for him.

By DAISY NGUYEN

Associated Press Writer

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An official who’s been negotiating with Tesla Motors Inc. to open an auto factory in Downey says the carmaker has chosen to partner with Toyota to build electric cars at the former NUMMI plant in Fremont.

Downey Councilman Mario Guerra says Tesla CEO Elon Musk called him Thursday to announce the decision.

A call to Tesla has not been immediately returned. However, Tesla is planning a 5 p.m. news conference with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at its Palo Alto office. Neither side has said what will be discussed.

A Toyota spokesman declined to comment.

Guerra says the Downey City Council was about to vote on a lease deal with Tesla. He says Musk was apologetic that the deal fell through.

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  • http://www.bacon2010.com Vinnie Bacon

    WOW!! This is really good news!!

  • Andrew Cavette

    Very, very good.

  • VOR

    Double Wow. That’s excellent news on the homefront.

  • bbox231

    PHENOMINAL – congratulations to those who were instrumental in making this a reality.

    P.S. – Hopefully someone’s discussed the prospect of the stadium with TESLA. . . . .it wouldn’t be a very nice house-warming to let MLB handle this for us, would it ?

  • Frmnt_res13

    Wow! very good news!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • VOR

    Horrors, what if the A’s became a NIMBY!

  • Fremont Resident 2010

    Based on Matt’s prior post on the “rumor” that had “Fremont officials calling the governor’s office trying to find out if that car production is slated for the NUMMI plant” it is clear that Fremont officials were not involved in this deal.

    The state was (or else why was Fremont calling the governor’s office?), so what happened with our city counsel?

  • http://tantrapantry.blogspot.com Todd B.

    Scooped by AP, oy vey!

  • Anon101

    Yes, the good news IS that Tesla’s coning to Fremont’s NUMMI site to build electric cars.

    The bad news is that only Fremont Fire Depatment employees can afford one of these 100K+ cars!

    (-:

  • http://www.ishanforcouncil.com Ishan Shah

    take a good look at the date. congrats fremont =]

    http://www.ishanforcouncil.com/blog.asp?id=34

  • Anon101

    “So what happened with our City Council?”

    They were out to lunch with Lew and Fred (so to speak!)

    Oh, and I guess Fred can afford one of these cars also! Why else would we want to pay him over 250K to be not only asleep at the helm – but misappropriating funds for secret A’ proposals that run counter to getting MANUFACTURINGS jobs: and green ones at that MARTY!!!!

  • Anon101

    Can somebody explaib to the Mayor that these are not the “first electric cars”: talk about asleep at the switch!

  • Marty

    Lori Taylor (F-mont’s economic development director)was just on KGO. She had no idea about until today and is herself awaiting details from the 5 pm press conference.

  • VOR

    If BW is attending the press conference and no COF officials had any idea this deal was going down I hope he just smiles and stays in the background.

  • Y Tram

    We’ve been working on this for a long time. . .

    A. Schwarzenegger

  • Larry Wilson

    Great News for Fremont, Auto workers, Telsa and Toyota!

    Too bad Wasserman, his minion council members and Diaz just don’t get it.

  • http://fcnisbacon.wordpress.com/ Marty

    From the press conference:

    1000+ jobs at NUMMI.

    Toyota to invest $50M in Tesla.

    Both to-develop technology going forward.

    Tesloyota will take advantage of tax breaks from the state on capital equipment.

  • http://fcnisbacon.wordpress.com/ Marty

    …and the Governator acknowledged a few dignitaries in attendance. I thought I heard Nadya Lockyer announced but nobody from Fremont, but Bob Wieckowski was definitely not acknowledged.

  • VOR

    According to KPIX reporter Julie Watts, who interviewed COF City Manager Fred Diaz today, Mr. Diaz says the city learned of the possibility a month ago.

    I’m confused. In the Tesla press conference Tesla CEO Elon Musk said this really came together in the last couple days.

    http://cbs5.com/video/?id=65442@kpix.dayport.com

  • http://fcnisbacon.wordpress.com/ Marty

    KRON had Fred talking about months ago there being a possibility, but he said he was out of the loop with regards to the recent events.

    I still don’t see how Tesla’s capacity has changed much since they said that NUMMI was 10-20x the size they needed. Perhaps now with Toyota their market has expanded some. I think that Tesloyota thinks that either production will grow fast enough to require the whole plant, or they will be building second vehicle at NUMMI (psst- all electric Prius).

  • George Duarte

    Great news for Fremont, the Bay Area and California. A strategic partnership between Toyota and Tesla is a brilliant idea and makes perfect sense!

  • VOR

    Fred was asked about the A’s stadium plan. He says it doesn’t have anything to do with the auto plant since it would be on the vacant plot on the north end. I really don’t think Wolff would be interested. NUMMI played NIMBY before and I’m sure Toyota/Tesla would think along those same lines, but…..Tesla Stadium?

  • Fremont_Bill

    I am glad the state of California was aggressive in making this happen. Congratulations to the Mayor, City Council and City Manager for staying out of it.
    Toyota and Tesla obviously did not want anything to do with them.

  • Jenny

    Check out what Wasserman said when NUMMI closed:

    “The mayor said he’s not certain if having another carmaker take over the site would be the best long-term solution for Fremont.

    ‘Despite their recent problems with recalls, Toyota is the most successful automaker ever and if they can’t make that site profitable, who can?’ he said.

    Wasserman said there’s been talk of having a maker of alternative energy cars, such as Tesla Motors, use the plant, but he said at this point there isn’t enough demand for such cars to make such an idea feasible.

    ‘Tesla wouldn’t even occupy one-fifth of the plant,’ he said.

    Wasserman said one possibility would be to have the site used for a combination of retail space, office space and housing.

    Although Oakland A’s owner Lew Wolff said last year that he’s no longer interested in moving the baseball team to Fremont and is now considering San Jose as a future site, Wasserman said the NUMMI site and surrounding area would also ‘absolutely’ be a good site for a baseball stadium.”

    From http://www.ktvu.com/news/23020670/detail.html

  • Larry Wilson

    Jenny, clearly Wasserman and the council are totally clueless and out of touch of what the citizens of Fremont expect them to do. Time to vote the bums out.

  • FremontGuy

    I heard another car besides th Tesla model will be built, therefore potentially maximizing the capacity of the plant, but 3-4 years out. This is very exciting for Fremont and could be the beginning of more enterprise companies (GREEN ones) investing in our community. YEAH! I felt proud to drive home today.

  • VOR

    Regarding post No. 24 – Explains why the Mayor wasn’t available to attend the Tesla press conference.

  • VOR

    More re: Post No. 24

    From KTVU website story: http://www.ktvu.com/news/23625639/detail.html
    Fremont Mayor Bob Wasserman said he’s “very happy” that Tesla will be making electric vehicles at the NUMMI plant. “We want to lead in making our cities green and our state green and this is a big step in that direction,” he said.

    But Wasserman said the city is going to “continue to plan to see what the total property will be used for,” as there is unused land adjacent to the NUMMI site.”

    He said, “Manufacturing is fine, but we don’t want to be limited to manufacturing.”

  • bbox231

    Seemingly – Anu is still stuck on the notion that a stadium could contribute positive economics to the entirity of Fremonts balance sheet.

    see here -

    http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/stories/2010/05/17/daily86.html

    “Maybe we can get both Tesla and a ballpark for the Oakland A’s,” Natarajan said.

  • Jenny

    Dream on!

  • Anon

    Over 10 years living in Fremont, yesterday, this news brought tears to my eyes. I have no religious belief and, yesterday, I believed that God heard us. This is what Fremont needs, we need to steer ourselves into the future, why our city elected officials just can’t get it?? Is it really that hard or there is something else to it that they just can’t let go???

  • xo1rider

    I’m surprised no one has picked up on the fact that Toyota just rid itself of the only Unionized work force in it’s employ.

    Within two years this will be a Toyota plant making cars with either a Tesla badge or just a Toyota all electric car after they buy the rest of Tesla. They did it without a strike, picket lines or too much fuss and muss. How much will the production workers be making and what will their benefit packages look like. Where will they live (hint, hint on the other side of the Altamont pass).

  • VOR

    Well, Fremont almost made it into the international news….

    From BBC
    “Toyota is to invest $50m (£35m) in US electric car company Tesla Motors, as the two firms announced a joint partnership to build electric vehicles. The deal will give the Japanese giant a stake of about 2.5% in Tesla, which will build its new saloon model at a Toyota factory near San Francisco.”

    Of course nobody would know geographically where they were talking about if they said “in Fremont, CA.”

  • Bryan alexander

    Great news ,where do I apply for a job at the new plant? please let me know if possible. thank-you . Bryan Alexander

  • gary galleta

    hurry i need job before its too late……….