- Aug 20, 2006
Yes, but before Bing Street there was a different industrial building in the same general area. I can't find the address in my email archive. I visited there in May, 2005. I remember that Martin was particularly proud of a motor test stand that JB and the team had built from surplus parts they had scrounged up. I also remember seeing an early battery sheet design that was much different from the eventual production version.
I also got a tour of that building back in that era, pre Tesla start of production.
When you look at the highly efficient, well organized Fremont factory of today, it is amazing to think back to the "hodge podge" chaos (in hindsight) of the early days trying to build a car company from scratch by a bunch of silicon valley engineers who didn't have previous car company experience. It was more "mad scientist R&D lab" and not yet a product company back then.