Tesla Gigafactory Could Employ 54% More Workers Than Original Estimates

4 months ago by Mark Kane 12

Tesla Gigafactory Progress From January

Tesla started battery production on site in Nevada in December

Tesla has raised its original estimations about workforce needs at the Gigafactory. The company now expects that the Gigafactory will employ 54 percent more workers than the 6,500 it anticipated in 2014.

The new target for fully functioning factory stands at 10,000 direct jobs according to Steve Hill, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.


Direct jobs at Gigafactory to increase
from 1,000 to 10,000


Currently, the Tesla Gigafactory employs about 1,000 people (90 percent Nevadans). By March 2018 it should be 3,200. Additionally, there are 2,500 construction workers (60 percent Nevadans) working at the site.

The completed Gigafactory will be 5 million square feet with five floors. The batteries made there will be used in Tesla Energy’s storage products (Powerpacks and Powerwalls) as well as Tesla’s electric cars, including  in Model 3, the future.

Source: Las Vegas Sun via Teslarati

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12 responses to "Tesla Gigafactory Could Employ 54% More Workers Than Original Estimates"

  1. GeorgeS says:

    How do you like that Donald!

  2. mhpr262 says:

    Wow, that’s crazy. Where are those people going to live? That’s a whole small town, including the worker’s families.

  3. Sublime says:

    I know job creation is good, but if this is 50% more labor for the same production, that means higher costs.

    1. Mikael says:

      Tesla has said that production could reach 150 GWh compared to the original 50 GWh. So then it would be 50% more workers but 200% more output.

    2. Tech01x says:

      3x battery cell and pack production plus additional production for things like drive units. 54% more workers.

    3. Rob Stark says:

      Tesla is also moving Model 3 motor and reduction gear production to the GF.

    4. Ambulator says:

      As you can see from the other comments, they are raising production, too. But, you are right; the story is misleading.

      Bad publicity department, bad people.

  4. Dee says:

    I am ready for more drone footage of factory progress! Latest vids are from Dec 2016.. Latest picture i’v seen of the factory came with the 2016 financial results released on Feb 22nd where the roofs of the new sections are almost finished.

  5. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    54% more workers?

    Or maybe it will be 90% less, since Elon said he wanted to replace 90% of the assembly line workers with robots.

    Of course, if Tesla winds up creating a lot more permanent jobs than originally planned, that will be wonderful! But I wonder if somebody is just throwing out ballpark figures here. There have been all sorts of numbers thrown around for how big Gigafactory 1 will eventually be, and how many GWh of batteries it will produce per year. It looks to me like plans for Gigafactory 1 are very much in flux, and may continue to be for months or even a year or two.

    1. Ocean Railroader says:

      I some how think that the Tesla battery factory will be one of the most heavily automated factories out there when it gets up to full production.

      But the volume of batteries it will need to produce for even power grid energy storage projects would still be huge to need more workers.

  6. Alain Belanger says:

    Tesla Medicinal pot the only sector who higher in big time

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      And this, EV enthusiasts, is why you should never, ever PUI… Post Under the Influence. 😉

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