Despite adverse reports about build quality, workplace troubles, dependability issues, an outlandish CEO who's also a social media mogul, and questionable self-driving initiatives, Tesla grew into something worth admiring. It's not just an auto company but proof that sticking to your guns will pay off.
Twenty years ago, Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning founded Tesla. In late 2008, Elon Musk jumped on board as the company's CEO. Two years later, Toyota and General Motors decided not to work together any longer, and Tesla smelled the opportunity of owning its own factory.
After some negotiations, the hopeful EV brand bought the New United Motor Manufacturing (NUMMI) plant in Fremont, California. The facility was supposed to be used by GM and Toyota for producing next-gen vehicles that should've paired Japanese reliability with American ingenuity. Instead, it became Tesla's first serious establishment, and Toyota helped out by becoming a shareholder.

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