- Elon Musk.
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Tesla employees have almost nowhere to park.
According to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, finding a parking spot at the Tesla factory car park in Fremont, California, is a daunting task – perhaps even as difficult as teaching cars to drive themselves.
The chaos is on full display on an Instagram account, aptly named Tesla Parking Lot, that showcases some of the best Tesla parking-lot fails – or successes, depending on how you look at it.
The account is run by a Tesla factory worker who has been at the company for four years and wishes to remain anonymous.
Take a look at some of the craziest photos.
Though about 6,000 employees work at the factory, located about an hour outside of San Francisco, only 4,500 parking spots are available, The Journal reported.
Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis …
… so employees have to get creative and find ways to squeeze their cars into the limited spaces.
Some leave only inches between vehicles.
Some even drive off-road to find a spot.
“Parking spot lines are just a suggestion,” the Instagram account says jokingly.
One video shows a large pool of water in the middle of the lot. The caption: “Look, empty spots.”
Some cars are wedged in.
Getting out of the parking lot is a problem. According to The Journal, some workers who have different shifts make arrangements to share spaces.
“Sometimes it feels like I am trapped here,” reads one Instagram caption.
This gas-powered car got clamped for taking a spot reserved for an electric car.
A parking lot across the street printed a sign to prevent Tesla employees from parking there.
A Tesla representative told Business Insider that the company planned to introduce new bike lanes and expand its shuttle routes that connect Tesla employees to public transport around the Bay Area.
Employees are currently offered tax-free subsidies for commuting costs and cash incentives to ride bikes to work. But sometimes the bike rack is just as full.
It’s a similar situation at Tesla’s corporate offices in Palo Alto. Despite there being a valet to help drivers park cars, it is still congested.
However, at SpaceX, Elon Musk’s space-exploration company, there are plenty of parking spots. The caption says, “When you realize that Papa Elon picked a favorite child … and it wasn’t you.”
According to The Journal, one employee at the Tesla factory tries to leave home at 3:25 a.m., before his 5:25 a.m. shift, to secure a space.
Others just take what they can get.