As Tesla sells more cars and develops more models, it’s going to need to hire more people too. It seems the electric automaker has already grown too big for its britches, and is seeking additional office space, reports BizJournals.
Tesla representatives are reportedly searching the Palo Alto area for 200,000 to 300,000 square feet of space, which follows on previous reports that the electric automaker was looking to expand.
Tesla currently employs some 6,000 people, double the number of employees in 2012, and the company plans to hire another 500 after the retooling of the Fremont factory is complete. That’s not even counting the 6,500 or more jobs that could come with the upcoming Gigafactory project, which has tentatively broken ground outside of Reno, Nevada. That would double Tesla’s payroll again, and Elon Musk is going to need all hands on deck to keep up with his ambitious sales timeline. By 2020, he plans to sell as many as 500,000 electric vehicles, a feat that would require a workforce of tens of thousands, both in manufacturing and of the white collar variety.
This new office space is probably more inclined towards increased the number of white collar works, as Tesla gets ready to launch the Model X and the most important Tesla of all, the $35,000 Model III. Eventually, Tesla could employ a workforce that rivals any of the current leading luxury automakers, like BMW or Mercedes…and that day could come sooner than almost anybody anticipated.