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USA: Oakland Tribune editorial: Tesla’s launch brings economic hope to the Bay Area

1 of 20 Tesla Model S rollout nears in Fremont
Workmen assemble a Model S sedan at the Tesla auto plant in Fremont, Calif. Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Palo Alto-based Tesla Motors is in the final countdown to the launch of its Model S sedan being manufactured at the former NUMMI plant. Tesla plans to have a big customer event and deliver the first Model S on Friday, June 22. (Patrick Tehan/Staff)
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The 800 people who work at the once-abandoned NUMMI plant in Fremont are breaking all the rules.
They have good Bay Area manufacturing jobs. They’re making something that, just a few years ago, would have sounded loony: an all-electric luxury sedan, with a less-expensive version in the works to accelerate zero- emission cars into the mainstream of family transportation.
And get this: That futuristic assembly line that looks like it came out of Pixar? It’s producing cars ahead of schedule. Detroit, eat your heart out.
Welcome to Tesla, the prototype green car company that is moving toward the mass market with its Model S sedans launching Friday. There are so many reasons to cheer. We hope this is a harbinger of more good jobs and innovative technology to come.
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