Devil Found in Details of Tesla Deal

Electric car manufacturer admits it could be years before plant is at full capacity

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    Will the Tesla and Toyota deal really mean 5,000 jobs at the NUMMI plant in Fremont?

    Fremont was happy to hear the news that the currently shuttered NUMMI plant might be back in business thanks to a deal between Toyota and electric car maker Tesla Motors.

    However, the initial plan only calls for 1,000 workers, and even a Tesla spokesperson admits it could be many years before the plant is back at full capacity.

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    For now, the plan only calls for Tesla to use a small portion of the plant to produce approximately 20,000 of its Model-S Sedans starting in 2012.

    And reaching full capacity depends on a number of factors, such as Tesla's ability to compete with established firms like Nissan that is planning to roll out the affordably priced Leaf all-electric car.

    Jackson West could get two handmade bikes and two bespoke suits for the price of a Leaf.