Former NUMMI Plant Readies for Electric Car Production in 2012
FREMONT -- Inside the cavernous automobile factory here once known as New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. or Nummi, equipment stands idle and the lights are off. Only at the southern end of the 5.5-million-square-foot facility are there signs of activity.
That's where large crates—each holding a piece of a hydraulic press that stamps metal—have rolled in, having made their way from the Detroit area to Silicon Valley over the past few weeks. Those pieces will be put together over the next few months so that in 2012, the factory's new owner, Tesla Motors Inc., can begin producing an electric-powered sedan, the Model S.
"We used trucks and railcars" to move the press in, says Gilbert Passin, Tesla's vice president of manufacturing.
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