The number of people employed full-time by Tesla and its subsidiaries came to over 99,000 at the end of 2021. 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 2021 is in line with growing production, as Tesla works to provide electric vehicles for the broader market. In the fourth quarter of 2021, Tesla produced around 306,000 vehicles. The size of the global market for electric vehicles is expected to reach over one trillion U.S. dollars in revenue in 2026.
Another manufacturing plant on the horizon
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. Tesla is currently building a manufacturing plant near Berlin, Germany.
Number of Tesla employees from July 2010 to December 2021
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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