Tesla wouldn’t expect to oppose A’s stadium near auto plant

tesla2Tesla CEO Elon Musk (photographed left) said today that  Tesla wouldn’t expect to oppose development — including a major league ballpark — on the remainder of the NUMMI site.

Here’s what he said:

“Tesla doesn’t have any objection as long as it doesn’t impact production of vehicles, which I don’t think a ballpark would.”

He added that a shopping center and offices also shouldn’t be any problem. Housing, on the other hand, could be an issue. “I wonder if it might be annoying (for residents) to have an auto plant in their back yard.”

The key for Tesla production  is maintaining access the rail corridor, Musk said.

So it seems that Toyota will sell the plant to Tesla and still be able to sell the vacant land north of the plant to developers.

Other tidbits:

  • Tesla and Toyota first discussed the deal six weeks ago, during which time Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda visited Musk’s home and took a Tesla test drive. The deal was consumated yesterday
  • Tesla plans to start producing cars (about 20,000 a yer) in 2012
  • Tesla is neutral on organized labor. It wouldn’t fight union activity
  • The state is giving Tesla a break on sales tax for purchasing plant equipment.

Matt Artz


  1. Surely Tesla needs are very differing than NUMMI. Just in time is not as importnat when you build 100k $ specialty automobile.

    I wonder how mr Akio would say.

    If he builds Prius or other high-volume vehicle at NUMMI.

    I think Toyoda will feel very different and expressed their sincere feelings about the stadium while with GM.

  2. The A’s are going to San Jose. The stadium will be next to Diridon Station.
    Fremont local politicians need to STOP spending money on a Ball Park, that is not going to happen.
    Fremont politicians are spending money on this fantasy while furloughing City workers (Fireman, etc), does this make any sense.

  3. Why would you want to make enemy before you go anywhere? Why would Tesla CEO oppose a stadium nearby NUMMI before his plan comes together and become reality? Once they are here and working, that’ll be a different story. Unions did their fair share in fighting for workers rights, in the early 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Now with millions of employment laws and regulations in place to protect the workers, vast majority of the unions have become nothing but a drag, for its own members even. They set unreasonable demands and never shy to ask for more and more, regardless of the economic turmoil, if an automatic pay raise is in the contract, heck with the economy, the unions want a pay raise. How could a business compete with these unions getting free rides on their back?

  4. The key statement from Musk is “as it doesn’t impact production of vehicles.”

    MUMMI’s concern was that the stadium would affect production. Whether the scale of this new venture is different remains to be seen. So the statement from Musk really leaves the door open.

  5. While TESLA certainly wants to maintain an appearance of being a friend to all, at the end of the day their bottom line is just as compromised by the prospect of game-day traffic jams and tie-ups as it would have been for GM and Toyota and, speculate all you want, but the possibility that such problems are allowed to be created once TESLA is here, is at least as unlikely as manufacturing dying out in the State of California. . . . .

    Informed vision and hard work trumps the random grab of a “golden ring” all day long.

  6. This is a smart move for Toyota. It brings Tesla’s cutting edge electic vehical technology into their grasp and allows them to set up a new competive non-union factory.

  7. At the end of one of the news broadcasts last night about the Tesla/Toyota deal, a young man who I believe was the business development director for Tesla replied to a question by stating, in part, that Tesla was still a new company and, as such, could not afford to be sentimental about their business decisions. Once they’re in place at NUMMI, their decisions will certainly be based on what is good for Tesla. Anybody think that having a stadium as a neighbor would enhanced their business?

    Rain, you are correct that there are new laws and regulations in place to protect workers, but consider – where were those rules and regulations when the roof fell in on the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia, killing 29 miners? Where were they when the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and killed eleven workers? Unions are doing what they can on behalf of their membership to force recalcitrant employers like Massey Energy and BP to comply with existing rules and regulations. Both companies made the choice to run their worksites “on the cheap”, ignoring safety rules and regulations. What will that decision cost them now, what did it cost the families of those workers, what will it cost the residents of the Gulf Coast, and what will it cost the American taxpayer?

  8. Fremont Lifer, this question here is not a fair one to ask: “where were those rules and regulations when the roof fell in on the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia, killing 29 miners? Where were they when the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and killed eleven workers?” — If you insist, I would ask the same thing: Where were the unions?? Accidents will happen, I am not saying that laws and regulations will make this world perfect for everyone. In my opinion, in many cases, unions are serving as a disadvantage for businesses and their members.

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