A lot of American Tesla owners have gotten that line from people looking at the car for the first time and many people just can’t seem to get their head around the fact that the US now has 4 car companies building cars: GM, Ford, Chrysler, and Tesla. There are several more companies which are not currently making cars, but might one day soon such as Apple Computer, Fisker, Faraday Future, and some others. There are some truck start ups too. Tesla is the only American start up operation to get to the point of selling cars built from scratch to the public.
But Tesla’s operations are more American than any of the Big 3. Ford, GM, and Chrysler all build cars in other countries than the US, have design operations in different parts of the world, and, of course, sell cars on every populated continent. Tesla designs their cars in Southern California, is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, and does final assembly in Fremont, CA. Soon they will be making the battery packs from raw ingredients to the completed packs in Sparks, NV.
Right now Tesla can’t claim to be the highest percentage American content cars made, I believe that goes to one of Toyota’s cars, but once Tesla is making the batteries in Nevada, their cars will become the highest American content cars built. Right now the battery cells are assembled in Japan (with some components coming from China).
If a car buyer is concerned about buying American, than they should be seriously considering Tesla. It’s very definitely an American car!