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Tesla's massive 'Gigafactory' by the numbers

By Shawn Knight
Jul 27, 2016
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  1. Tesla is doubling down on its effort to complete construction of its massive battery manfuacturing facility, affectionately dubbed the Gigafactory. With 1,000 workers building seven days a week across two shifts, Tesla is hoping to start churning out lithium-ion cells by the end of the year although it’ll be several more years before the entire structure is complete and running at full capacity.

    Tesla’s electric vehicles are well-known for, among other things, their high price. That’s largely out of necessity as building a car company from the ground-up is no easy task, especially one that deals exclusively in all-electric vehicles.

    Indeed, getting the Gigafactory online ASAP is a top priority as Tesla has hundreds of thousands of Model 3 reservations to fill in the coming years. As of early June, Tesla had 373,000 Model 3 reservations after adjusting down from 400,000 based on what were likely duplicates.

    The Gigafactory is an incredible feat of engineering. Once complete in 2020, it’ll consist of 5.8 million square feet and be the largest building in the world (based on ground footprint). By comparison, CES has just 2.47 million square feet of exhibit space and it feels absolutely massive.

    In full swing, Tesla says it’ll reduce its costs by 30 percent, a critical cog in its ability to offer the Model 3 at a base price of $35,000. At that rate, Tesla forecasts to produce more batteries at its Gigafactory than were made in the entire world in 2014. Right now, however, the factory is only 14 percent complete.

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  2. namesrejected

    namesrejected TS Booster Posts: 100   +48

    They are only putting in one restroom to get the most out of every square foot. The toilet is a small version of the hyperloop to conserve water.
     
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  3. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 1,898   +941

    IIRC, they were talking about building another gigafactory in Singapore after which they would account for 2/3rds of the world's lithium ion production.
     
  4. Reehahs

    Reehahs TS Addict Posts: 170   +70

    Hopefully the loop does not end in a shower head installed above the toilet seat.
     
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,476   +2,034

    This, I think will be their future. Not designing, manufacturing and selling vehicles. I could be wrong though.
    Only once I thought I could be wrong but it later turned out I wasn't. ;) Kidding ya of course.
     
  6. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,035   +269

    Hopefully, Musk will have an R&D effort somewhere in that 5.8 million square feet. Without it, the fact that the batteries might be cheaper because of scale does not mean much, IMO.
     
  7. rubertus

    rubertus TS Rookie

    There's also indications to get some production facilities working in Europe and another in India, to have local production.
     

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