Tesla will not become a Toyota clone, says vice president of manufacturing

Article by Christian A., on August 25, 2010

Gilbert Passin, Tesla's vice president of manufacturing, said that acquiring the NUMMI auto plant will make his job a lot easier. Passin is known for having led the way for Tesla Motors to go into mass production but despite this direction, he will still do things the Tesla way (not Toyota's).

In an interview with Automotive News, Passin said that Toyota's production system is a very good base but that he is focused on innovations to make the factory greener, safer, and cleaner. He also plans to use other best practices to make it a superior factory.

Last May, Tesla acquired New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. in Fremont, Calif., from Toyota Motor Corp. as part of a new partnership between the two companies.

Passin is a former NUMMI manager who was recruited in February to turn Tesla from a maker of low-volume $110,000 electric sports cars into a producer of electric family sedans.

Previously, he also served as a manufacturing manager at Toyota's assembly subsidiary in Cambridge, Ontario -- the only factory outside of Japan that produces Lexus vehicles.

It's impressive how Passin doesn´t simply utilize Toyota's practices at NUMMI but also develop new practices and systems."We don't like to call the plant 'NUMMI' any more," Passin said. "We call it the Tesla manufacturing site."

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

The 2018 Cadillac CTS-V sedan will be getting a new paint job that will give it a unique icy feel. Dubbed the Glacier Metallic Edition, this special model was built...
by - August 23, 2017
During the North American International Auto Show at Detroit in 2015, Hyundai introduced a concept pickup truck they named the Santa Cruz. This model took home the Concept Truck of...
by - August 23, 2017
Porsche introduces the technologically advanced wheels with braided carbon fiber. These will be initially available on the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series. Being the first car manufacturer to offer such...
by - August 23, 2017
All eyes were turned to the fuchsia pink bespoke McLaren 720S MSO at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Sunday. Surely, we can understand why. The one-off supercar, which was...
by - August 23, 2017
Hyundai Motor Group – including both Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors – has disclosed a wide-ranging plan to introduce 31 environment-friendly models in a new development roadmap that aims to...
by - August 22, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries