In March I wrote about the closing of the Toyota NUMMI plant in Fremont, California..
In a stunning deal, Tesla Motors announced late Thursday that it is teaming up with Toyota to build its all-electric Model S sedan at the recently shuttered NUMMI plant in Fremont, creating more than 1,000 new jobs.
. . . Tesla will use the former New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. plant to begin production of the Model S, a sedan that can seat five adults and two children and has a range of 300 miles. Once it reaches full production at the NUMMI plant, Tesla expects to produce 20,000 electric vehicles each year, which will sell for $50,000.
But the Model S would occupy only a small part of the NUMMI plant, leaving room for Tesla and Toyota to manufacture other models of electric cars there.
I have been for a ride in a friend’s Tesla. This is the sports car not the sedan. It is like a rocket ship, like the rocket sled movies from the 50s where your face is drawn back by the acceleration. It is incredibly smooth and quiet.