Tesla’s Fremont plant, in California, currently runs at its full capacity, manufacturing 20,000 vehicles per year.

Although it took some time until Tesla began production of its Model S, now the plant were the model is produced runs at full capacity, extending the waiting time for the car to four or even six months, depending on the content, according to Jerome Guillen, the company’s director of Model S programs.

Until now, Tesla’s Model S was equipped only with the top-line 85 kWh battery packs, but starting this month the company will begin rolling off the assembly line 60 kWh vehicles, with a lower price tag. The SEC regulations do not allow the company to reveal the number of Model S vehicles on order or delivered.

At the end of the third quarter last year, Tesla had orders for 13,000 Model S units, but Guillen said that the number has significantly increased since then, adding that precise information regarding this issue will be revealed in February.

According to anonymous sources Tesla has already taken orders for all its 20,000 Model S vehicles to be manufactured this year. Members of the Tesla Motors Club website are the ones who track reservations and data regarding the options chosen, deliveries made and even VIN numbers.


  1. Neither the plant nor Model S production line are running at full capacity. Model S production line has capacity of 20,000 cars per shift. A single shift is currently in operation. Full capacity of the line is 60,000 cars for a three shift production. The former NUMI plant was producing more that 400,000 vehicles before it was closed.


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