When Tesla first moved in to a 5.4 million square foot Fremont, Calif. factory last year, many wondered what the boutique automaker had up its sleeve.
It first used only 10 percent of the space. But today, Tesla is spreading its wings in the facility, occupying at least half the space.
With the Tesla Model X coming in 2015 and the entry-level Model E planned for 2016, it seems Tesla is only going to continue to grow into the facility.
The former NUMMI factory became Tesla’s crown jewel just last year. When Tesla moved in, they took up about 500,000 square feet, and quickly purchased adjacent land to build a test track. Now many wonder what’s next for the Fremont facility and other spaces in California.
Lately there has been a lot of speculation that Tesla will open a Gigafactory in Arizona, Texas, New Mexico or Nevada. It may even go after two states for the proposed $5 billion facility that will generate 6,5000 jobs and produce massive amounts of lithium-ion batteries.
It wouldn’t be too unreasonable to bet that California itself may be secretly in the running for the Gigafactory since Tesla recently signed another lease on a California property eyeballed as a secret skunk works facility for new projects and concepts.
But as Tesla continues to grow and fill its Fremont facility, all eyes are on Elon Musk and company to see where Tesla lands next. At this rate, it could even be in China!