Devil Found in Details of Tesla Deal

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

By Jackson West
|  Monday, May 24, 2010  |  Updated 2:45 PM PDT
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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.

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.

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