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.

Sandvik OptiThreading thread turning without chip jamming

Chip jamming is the enemy of efficient thread turning; Sandvik demonstrates the advantages of its OptiThreading method.

Flexibility of a mini panel bender

Salvagnini's P1 electric panel bender is an alternative to tradtional bending. The company says that thanks to patented kinematics, this mini panel bender can produce a variety of parts and panels.

A metals processing drive-through

by Mary Scianna

An Alberta fabricator is revolutionizing the metals processing business

How does a steel processing facility operate 365 days a year in Alberta without any interruption from ice and snow from cold winter mornings and 70 km winds?

Prima Power’s new generation turret punch press Punch Genius

A new-generation turret punch press, the Punch Genius is a versatile system, which allows manual processing from either A- or B- side or automated production cell. New intelligent ram shortens tool changes and increases the number of normal and indexing tools in turret.

Unique truck to be auctioned off for charity

A Saskatoon, SK, machine shop that built an innovative truck to raise funds for a children's hospital is now hoping to raise even more funds when the truck becomes the first ever Canadian charity vehicle to be auctioned off at the Barrett Jackson auction in Scottsdale, AR, in January.

Named the "Snakebit F-100", it made its North American debut at SEMA, the largest automotive aftermarket parts show in the world, held in Las Vegas, NV, earlier this month. The vehicle was displayed at Ford's booth at SEMA. 

Read the story behind the creation of the Snakebit F-100 truck.

 

Siemens to supply Canadian-made turbines for Ontario project

Siemens Canada Ltd., Oakville, ON, will soon be busy building more wind tubines at its Tillsonburg, ON, manufacturing and assembly facility after securing a deal to deliver and install 46 direct drive win turbines to the Cedar Point project in Sarnia, ON.

Seco, MachineMetrics to offer manufacturing analytics

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

EMEC Montreal open house draws crowds

EMEC Machine Tools held its Montreal open house recently to showcase the latest in machine tool technologies.

New double column bridge design five axis machine

The Hurco BX40Ui 5-Axis CNC is a new double-column machining center, with trunnion table mounted along the Y-axis.

Press brake with heads up display

Take a look at how MC Machinery’s fully automated press brakes can go a long way toward relieving pressure on both your bottom line and your peace of mind.

Grinding & abrasives

Breakthrough Technology For Metal Bonded Grinding Wheels

The Elegant Weld

by Nestor Gula

TIG welding is precise, clean, and even efficient

Bearing Witness

This short video from Wilson tool explains what a witness mark is and why it’s important in achieving a quality punch form.

Washers eliminate oil and contamination on metal parts

Automatic Feed Co.’s coil-fed high-pressure hot water washers eliminate oil and contamination on aluminum and various metals that can cause visible part defects during the stamping process. 

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