The number of people employed full-time by Tesla and its subsidiaries came to over 127,800 at the end of 2022. The staggering increase in Tesla's workforce came after a decline of around 1.6 percent between 2018 and 2019.
Meeting the demands of the electric vehicle industry
The general increase in the number of employees between 2010 and 2022 is in line with growing production, as Tesla works to provide electric vehicles for the broader market. In the fourth quarter of 2022, Tesla produced around 439,700 vehicles. The size of the global market for electric vehicles is expected to reach nearly 1.4 trillion U.S. dollars in revenue in 2026.
Manufacturing plants across the globe
To reach these goals, in 2016 Tesla opened an electric vehicle factory called Gigafactory 1 located near Reno, Nevada. This is around the time that the number of Tesla employees increased. In order to get a foothold in the Chinese auto market, a Shanghai-based manufacturing plant began construction in 2018. In March 2022, the government of Brandenburg granted Tesla's gigafactory in Berlin its final environmental approval, and the factory had started production of Model Y vehicles by then end of April of that same year.
Number of Tesla employees from July 2010 to December 2022
* This value is taken from the Tesla Motors Company Overview Summer 2011 presentation, published by Tesla in July 2011.
** Includes subsidiaries' employees.
The figures for 2010 through 2019 were taken from previous annual reports. Tesla went public in July 2010; all other figures are for the fiscal years ending December 31. Employees are full-time employees.
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