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Three Tesla Workers Hospitalized after Factory Accident

Maker said equipment failure led to mishap.

by on Nov.14, 2013

Three workers were injured yesterday at Tesla's plant in Freemont, Calif.

Tesla’s run of bad news continued yesterday when three workers were hospitalized after being injured by hot metal at the company’s Freemont, Calif., plant.

“There was a failure in a low pressure aluminum casting press. Three employees were injured by hot metal from that press. We are making sure that they receive the best possible care,” the company said in a statement.

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The Freemont fire department said there was no fire and that it was treating the incident as an industrial accident. The workers were taken to a hospital, but their condition at this time is unknown. (more…)

Tesla and Toyota to Partner on Battery Cars

Silicon Valley start-up to take over old NUMMI plant.

by on May.21, 2010

Tesla is taking over Toyota's old NUMMI plant to produce the Model S sedan.

Already partnering with German giant Daimler AG, the aggressive little California battery car maker, Tesla Motors, has just jumped into bed with another major automaker.  This time, it will partner with Toyota and take over the plant the Japanese company was abandoning in the suburbs of San Francisco.

Toyota plans to invest $50 million in Tesla, which was founded by the Internet billionaire Elon Musk.  The State of California, meanwhile, will provide tax abatements worth another $20 million to help support Tesla’s takeover of the old NUMMI assembly line – which Toyota originally operated in partnership with General Motors.

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The facility will be used to produce Tesla’s second product line.  With production of the original Roadster winding down, the Silicon Valley start-up is getting ready to launch a sedan it has dubbed the Model S, starting sometime in 2012.

“I sensed the great potential of Tesla’s technology and was impressed by its dedication to monozukuri (Toyota’s approach to manufacturing),” said TMC President Akio Toyoda, explaining the decision to partner with the small battery car maker.  “Toyota was also born as a venture business,” he added, suggesting that, “By partnering with Tesla, my hope is that all Toyota employees will recall that ‘venture business spirit,’ and take on the challenges of the future.”