NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Tesla Motors (TSLA) has taken the automotive industry and the investment world by storm, and CEO Elon Musk has taken an innovative approach to not only producing electric cars, but furthering the conversation about renewable energy.
Founded in 2003, Tesla has rebuilt the entire automotive manufacturing process from the ground up, a reason that some of the industry's top minds work there. It has given them a chance to build the process how they see fit.
"When I was interviewed by Elon, I had the opportunity to drive a Roadster, and I immediately saw the potential of that car, with the performance and efficiency of the vehicle," said Gilbert Passin, Tesla's vice president of OEM & Re-Manufacturing, in a recent interview at Tesla's plant in Fremont, Calif. "Also, Elon, basically gave me carte blanche in the sense that he asked me to build everything from scratch, from the ground up. It's not every day in your life that someone comes to you and says, 'Would you like to build a car company from the ground up?'"
Passin, who came from Toyota (NSANY), worked with another person to help build the plant, and began hiring people so the company had the capacity to produce thousands of cars a year. Currently, there are 1,300 employees on the manufacturing floor, and another 1,300 on the power train floor, making the plant home to around 3,000 employees.