Tesla vehicles are manufactured in Fremont, California by Tesla Motors, as of February 2015. The factory was previously used by United Motor Manufacturing, Inc., and can produce 1,000 electric cars per week.
Tesla Motors was founded in the Silicon Valley in 2003. Its first car, the Tesla Roadster, was released in 2008, and over 2,400 were sold worldwide. The Tesla Model S, a four-door sedan, was released in 2012 and received the Motor Trend 2013 Car of the Year award. In 2014, Tesla released two new types of the Model S car. The P85S version is regarded as the fastest four-door production-style vehicle in history, with a speed of 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. Tesla is releasing its first SUV, the Model X, in 2015 which is set to include three rows of seating and falcon-style doors.
Tesla Motors has specialty facilities located in Lathrop, California, and Tilburg, the Netherlands. Tesla's CEO, Elon Musk, announced plans in January 2015 to expand factory locations to the East coast, China and Europe. A gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada, is planned to produce 500,000 cars by the year 2020. Additionally, Tesla plans to manufacture lithium ion cells, battery packs for storage and backup power supplies, employing 6,500 people to do so.