Fremont Auto Plant Reborn as Tesla Motors

By Christie Smith
|  Friday, Oct 1, 2010  |  Updated 8:30 AM PDT
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The Nummi Auto plant is officially back in business as Tesla Motors.

When Nummit closed in April many thought the plant would remain closed, a victim of the economy. But the electric carmaker stepped in and changed everything.

Today ownership is official. There are cars in the lot, though apparently shops and for framing and paint are still being worked out.

The Palo Alto company plans to make the model -S sedan in Fremont. It's an all-electric car that seats five adults and the battery gets about 300 miles. About 3,000 people have put down deposits on the car hoping to get delivery by 2012.

Nummi opened as a venture between GM and Toyota in 1984. When it closed in April, about 4,700 union workers lost their jobs. Tesla has about 800 workers worldwide and that could jump to 2,000 in the next few years.

So far, about 30 former Nummi workers have been hired. Compeition may be stiff with Nummi getting about 3,000 resumes a month. Still, open houses and job fairs will be held at the Fremont location later this year.

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