Tesla Preparing to Increase Production Capacity at Fremont, California Plant, Says Executive

It looks like electric carmaker Tesla may be making some large-scale production increases in its Fremont, California plant.

According to a new report from Bloomberg, an internal email to employees dated July 9 from Jerome Guillen, President of Automotive at Tesla, said the company is “making preparations” to raise output at its factory in Fremont.

“As we continue to ramp up production, please tell your friends and neighbors that we have lots of exciting new positions open, both in Fremont and at [Gigafactory, the company’s battery plant in Nevada],” the email reads, according to the report.

It wasn’t immediately clear from Guillen’s email how or why Tesla would increase its production capacity in Fremont, but the Palo Alto-based automaker is already the largest manufacturer in the Greater Bay Area, with some 10,000 employees at the aforementioned plant.

The company apparently “hit new records in all production lines for output and efficiency” in the latest quarter, both in Fremont and in Nevada, Guillen was quoted as saying.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk had previously said that the automaker aims to have a production capacity of 7,000 Model 3 vehicles per week in Fremont by the end of the year and 3,000 units per week at Tesla’s upcoming Gigafactory 3 in China.

If Tesla does significantly boost the number of cars it plans to produce in Fremont, it would suggest that the company has done a complete about-face after CEO Elon Musk said earlier this year that the “road ahead” for the company looked difficult and that Tesla would cut approximately nine percent of its workforce.