Tesla electra car factory in Fremont, CAClick image to enlargeThe Tesla Model S is considered the first premium Sedan powered purely by electricity.

The National Geographic "Megafactories" series showcases the Fremont, CA, plant. Manufacturing is overseen by Gilbert Passin, who was vice president of manufacturing at Toyota's plant in Cambridge, ON and is now based in California.

The company's second vehicle, the Model S, an electric luxury sedan, debuted in 2012 and is built at the Tesla Factory in California. In Q1 2013, Tesla released its stock profits for the first time from its NASDAQ ticker symbol. The Model S has been the world's best-selling plug-in electric car for two years in a row, 2015 and 2016. Its global sales achieved the 150,000 unit milestone in November 2016, four years and five months after its introduction. As of December 2016, the Model S ranks as the world's all-time second best-selling plug-in after the Nissan Leaf. The Model S was then followed by the Model X, a crossover SUV. Tesla's next vehicle is the Model 3, which was unveiled in March 2016. It is slated for release in 2017 with a price at US$35,000, before any government incentives.
As of December 2016, Tesla Motors has sold over 186,000 electric cars worldwide since delivery of its first Tesla Roadster in 2008, making the carmaker the second largest global pure electric car manufacturer after the Renault-Nissan Alliance. For two years running, 2015 and 2016, Tesla Motors ranked as the world's second best selling manufacturer of plug-in electric cars after BYD Auto. Musk, the CEO, has said that he envisions Tesla Motors as a technology company and independent automaker, aimed at eventually offering electric cars at prices affordable to the average consumer.

Double digit, record-breaking year for Linamar: Q4

Linamar's fourth quarter results marked the 9th consecutive record breaking year of double digit earning growth.

Hypnotic CNC milling

Mazak, Seco and a few others get to show off in this look at some eye-catching CNC milling action.

Prima Power Customer Profile: Siemens

Automating fabrication to increase manufacturing efficiency.

A machine tool builder's approach to Industry 4.0

Heller Machine Tools has embraced the Factory of the Future and is setting an example of how manufacturers can do the same. The company is one of several machine tool builders (i.e. Mazak's iSmart factory) in recent years that has embraced digital manufacturing concepts in their facilities. 

Translas partners with Gullco on distribution deal

Translas, a global manufacturer of on- torch fume extraction solutions, has announced a distribution partnership with Gullco International Ltd. Based in Newmarket, Ont., Gullco will be the global distributor of Translas’ newest fume extraction solutions, namely Translas 7XE Semi-Automatic Fume Extraction welding gun and the ClearO2 W-Series hi-vac units, designed and engineered for welding automation.

Seco, MachineMetrics to offer manufacturing analytics

Seco Tools has announced a partnership with MachineMetrics to offer manufacturing analytics.

High speed machining of Mathews bow quiver components

High speed machining of Mathews bow quiver components on a Makino 51nx horizontal machining centre.

US shipbuilder orders one-of-a-kind all electric bender

First of its type ever built, machine will bend up to 8 in. (219 mm OD) diameters

The largest all-electric bender of its kind in the world will be in place at the end of this year at a US shipbuilder's facility after bending machine manufacturer Unison received an order from Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) for an all-electric machine capable of bending large bore tubing and piping up to eight in. (219 mm OD) in diameter.

Ancient lathe: Was machining being done 500 years ago?

Vertical lathe machining at least five centuries ago? The ancient city of Hampi in India may have the proof.

Additive manufacturing integrated with multi-tasking

Mazak integration of additive manufacturing with multi-tasking: a laser metal deposition torch mounted on a multi-tasking machine.

Welding association CWB Group rebrands under one name

Following on the heels of its 70th anniversary, The CWB Group is rebranding its different business units under one brand, CWB. The organization says the initiative will help industry more easily identify the CWB's complete offerings.

Going modular with lasers

Mazak Optonics’ patented flexible laser manufacturing system has gone modular.

TransCanada supports welding camps for kids

TransCanada Corp. has partnered with the CWA Foundation to support the welding organization's Mind over Metal welding camps for students.

Gear machining with power skiving

Watch a demonstration of the machining of internal gears with power skiving, a continuous cutting process that enables machining to be carried out in a single setup.

Tripling tube and bar production output

Engine exhaust tube component maker triples production output-up to 11,000 parts per hour with zero rejects using a combination servo-controlled cold saw cut-to-length and brush deburring system

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