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Tesla Motors, the Silicon Valley-based company that designs, manufactures and sells electric cars and electric vehicle powertrain components will hire at least 400 as it ramps up production of its all-electric car in Fremont.

Many of the people applying for these new jobs are former New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., workers. The former NUMMI plant, which was a joint effort between General Motors and Toyota, shut down over a year ago leaving 4,700 workers without jobs. It was the only remaining auto manufacturing plant on the West Coast. NUMMI was the only Toyota plant in the United States with union representation.

Tesla plans to build a Model S by the end of July 2012 and is building the new sedan at the factory in Fremont that was the home for the shuttered joint venture between General Motors Co. and Toyota Motor Corp.

Musk said the company is “excited about the many bargains available for used tooling and equipment, some of which are located quite near to our Fremont factory.”

The super techy automaker plans to build up to 6,000 Model S’s in 2012 and up to 15,000 in 2013.

The automaker named for inventor Nikola Tesla said last month its third-quarter net loss widened to $65.1 million from $34.9 million a year ago.