Infographic: Tesla Battery Giga Factory

AUG 15 2014 BY STAFF 20

Visual Capitalist put out this infographic Tesla’s $5 billion dollar battery giga factory.

The giga factory, with the cost reductions it’s expected to bring, will allow Tesla to keep price in check for its upcoming Model III.

Check out the nifty giga factory infographic below.

Tesla Giga Factory Infographic

Tesla Giga Factory Infographic via Visual Capitalist

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Tesla doesn’t use natural graphite, its capacity is too low

Tesla is based on Nickel Chemistry not on Cobalt, Cobalt is traditionally mined in the same deposits as Nickel.

Uh . . . Tesla does use cobalt in their battery chemistry. I’m a little critical of that since it is expensive and it is toxic. But I guess they need it to get the higher energy density values they want.

The Panasonic batteries that Tesla uses have a NCA cathode, i.e. lithium nickel cobalt aluminum oxide.

But nickel is quite a common metal. Cobalt is the most expensive metal component.

To paraphrase one of the great scenes of modern cinema (and mash together a couple of lines), from the movie The Graduate, “Just one word: batteries.” Significantly cheaper batteries will be the most important single technological and economic advancement in our ongoing energy and climate challenges. Yes, cheap batteries make EVs even more competitive than they are now. But they will also enable us to turn renewable energy from intermittent sources, primarily solar and wind, into dispatchable, economically viable power. It’s almost impossible to overestimate the impact that will have. Electric utilities are already talking about solar putting them into a “death spiral” (Google it); once we get cheaper batteries and their benefits, that spiral could turn into a nose dive forthem and, not coincidentally, our carbon emissions from electricity generation. What we have in Elon Musk is someone with the financial means to build a gigafactory, no ties to what it will threaten, and the foresight to connect a lot of dots beyond the next couple of quarters or years. I’m sure he’ll make some really bad mistakes along the way and do some things that infuriate fans of EVs. But he’s on the right path and pushing us… Read more »


Can’t await to use my solar power day AND night with cheap used EV-batteries…

Would not, could not, should not the price of Tesla’s other vehicles come down too, as a result of this factory.

Excellent point. One would think.

I don’t think that will happen. The vehicles will get more capability at the same price point: range, features, etc. They may also expand the profit margins with the cheaper batteries to help fund their growth.

Seems like a big stock bubble to me. All this euphoria without looking at the fundamentals. Just put “.com” at the end of your business name – it doesn’t matter if you make a profit, it’s like real estate – you’re buying a location. And real estate only goes up!

This is all unrestrained capitalism and has little to do with delivering EVs to the mass market.

Fundamentals analysis is good way to evaluate slow growth established companies.

Not companies that have sales growing 50%+ per year with disruptive technology.

Same was said of Apple and other fast growing companies.

Tesla’s mission is mass market EVs.

Tesla’s mission is to make money, just like every other business. Maybe when they we’re private they could have more noble goals but now it’s all about the money. If mass market EVs will make money, that’s where they’ll go. Otherwise, they stay a niche automaker.

Tesla has built a brand by exploiting the inherent goodness of EVs to produce performance cars, as opposed to efficient mass market electric cars. The brand has value, but they don’t have any proprietary technology that’s particularly valuable, hence the free patents.

Some more modest growth would be better for everyone including Tesla.

Tesla mission is defined by Elon Musk. If the goal was to grab every last penny on the table they would not release patents nor would they be charging less than the market will bear in China. If stockholders don’t like it they can fire him or sell their TSLA stock.

There was no way for Tesla to make efficient compelling mass market electric vehicles first. There first car was going to cost more than $80k whatever they made so they decided on a sports car. It is easier to sell those at this price lever vs a sub-compact sedan. Next a sports sedan. Then a large CUV. Then an entry level luxury sedan. The profits and outside investment generated by each generation provides funding to go down market.

That has been the business plan from day one.

Tesla’s mission is not to make money, but to advance sustainable transportation via electric vehicles. However they do understand profitability is nessesary to keep the company alive and moving forward. Money, while important, is not the goal. Money is like a lubricant: it allows you to slide to your goals much easier.

No, once Tesla did an IPO, their mission become to make money. It’s the fiduciary responsibility of the Tesla Board of Directors to maximize the value of the investment made by the stockholders they represent. Those stockholders represent everyone from greenies to retirees with IRA’s to large pension funds. They didn’t buy TSLA to feel good, they bought it because they expect either TSLA will appreciate in stock value, eventually pay dividends, or both.

The way the BoD plans to increase that value is to focus their stockholders’ risked capital on the the long-term profit potential of being the world’s leading company that advances sustainable transportation via electric vehicles and stationary energy storage.

But make no mistake – Tesla, and every publicly-traded corporation, regardless of corporate culture, philosophy, or market niche, is about making money.

Well, either way I win as I want sustainable EV transport and I’m a Tesla shareholder. 🙂

“Global Cobalt Corporation (TSX.V:GCO) is a strategic metals company focused on the development of a new mining region in the Republic of Altai, Russia.”

Russia might not be any more stable for American business than the Congo.

Can someone please help me out with my math?

50 GWh capacity per year = 50,000 KWh

Assuming each car gets only a 60 KWh battery – 50,000 KWh divided by 60 KWh = 833 vehicles.

If 50 GWh is roughly what today’s production worldwide is, how are we already getting Tesla sales of 700 a week??? Not to mention the 3000 Leafs a month sold in the US?

Where did my math go wrong?

Oh sure, I post that then realize my error – I forgot Megawatts, so 50 GWh = 50,000 MWh = 50,000,000 KWh…

Now it’s clear! That’s better!

Although California is the forerunner, I do think that we all need to be aware of the worlds largest Lithium Mine Which has recently been discovered by a British Mining Company Rare Earth Metals owned by David Lenigas one of the worlds foremost leaders in mining. This Mine is only 150 Miles away from the other proposed Site!

ticker REM.LN listed on London Stock Exchange

very impressed Louise, you are correct Rare Earth Minerals has the largest Lithium deposits in western hemishere and as you pointed out, the deposits are in Sonora, Mexico, 120 miles south of Tuscon, AZ….given the geology, open cast mining is all that is required, hence extraction costs will be below USD 2000 per tonne…..

We REM investors also have a keen interest in where Tesla decides to locate the Gigafactory…