The factory has produced its two-millionth vehicle, a Model 3 Performance.
There's cause for celebration over at Tesla's Fremont factory. The California-based facility recently produced its two millionth vehicle. A Tesla Model 3 Performance finished in Red Multi-Coat paint marked the milestone, with the company taking to Twitter to announce the momentous achievement. CEO Elon Musk was particularly proud.
"To think that Fremont was just a derelict building...now, Tesla Fremont is the biggest car factory in North America," he wrote.
The electric carmaker has been producing vehicles at this factory since 2010 when the Model S was the sole vehicle in the lineup. Over the past decade, it has grown to manufacture all four of the company's vehicles. Fremont employees received a card to thank them for their hard work and commitment to the brand.
Tesla may be headquartered in Texas these days, but the state of California is still massively important to the brand. The Fremont factory is responsible for a great deal of Tesla's annual production with the capacity to make 600,000 vehicles each year.
While things are going great over in California, it seems Tesla's Berlin-based facility is suffering from teething issues. Shortly after the German plant reached a milestone of its own, reports out of Europe indicated the Gigafactory would shut for several days to reassess and improve production efficiency.
Interestingly, the Berlin facility was only able to produce Model Y SUVs in white or black. It's unclear as to whether this has since changed. This celebration is more than just a novelty for Tesla, though.
The company's outspoken chief executive has previously expressed concern over production. "Our problem is not demand, it is production," said Musk earlier this year. The company remains a leader in the EV sphere and, despite ever-increasing prices, sales remain strong.
In the first quarter of 2022, Tesla's US registrations totaled 113,882 which represents a 59% year-on-year increase. But Tesla knows it can't just sit back and rest on its laurels. Legacy automakers are quickly catching up with appealing, well-priced products that threaten to sway buyers away from Tesla. Volkswagen is already expected to overtake Tesla (concerning EV production) in the next two years and GM has similar ambitions.
If Tesla wants to remain at the top, strong production output (and improved quality control) are a must. Whether this is the end of a good run remains to be seen, but we're guessing Tesla isn't the sort of company to sit around and let someone take its crown.