Latest Tesla Gigafactory Flyover Shows Expansion Underway

MAY 5 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 25

This recent, lengthy flyover of the Tesla Gigafactory makes new expansion efforts obvious.

Most expansion at the Gigafactory over the course of the last year has been inside the building. Tesla Model 3 bottlenecks were said to have stemmed primarily from the battery factory. The automaker has been working to address that since Model 3 batteries and drive units are manufactured there. Tesla has also been focused on ramping up the manufacture of Powerwalls and Powerpacks.

Related: Tesla Gigafactory Pulls New Permits, Construction Costs Surpass $1.3B

Prior Drone Footage: Tesla Gigafactory Unchanged Outside, Expands Inside

With all of this being said, we haven’t seen much change to the building’s exterior in some time. Now, you can make out the beginnings of rooftop work related to solar panels.

Additionally, as you can see near the end of the clip, there’s clearly excavation in progress in an area separated and to the north of the main Gigafactory structure. Reportedly, this is the initial phase of an effort to move the Gigafactory’s main parking lot away from another area that will soon be grounds for a structural expansion.

Video Description via Duncan Sinfield on YouTube:

The Tesla Gigafactory is less than 30% complete, but it is already operational and mass produces Tesla battery cells for Model S, Model Xand Powerwall products. Located in Sparks, Nevada, the Gigafactory is slowly expanding its footprint to further grow its current production rate of 500,000 cars per year. Once complete, Tesla expects the Gigafactory to be the biggest building in the world – and entirely powered by renewable energy sources, with the goal of achieving net zero energy. As you can see in this updated video, the majority of the Gigafactory does not yet have solar panels installed. Tesla broke ground on the Gigafactory in June 2014.

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“Video Description via Duncan Sinfield on YouTube:
The Tesla Gigafactory is less than 30% complete, but it is already operational and mass produces Tesla battery cells for Model S, Model Xand Powerwall products. Located in Sparks, Nevada, the Gigafactory is slowly expanding its footprint to further grow its current production rate of 500,000 cars per year. Once complete, Tesla expects the Gigafactory to be the biggest building in the world ”

Model S and X batteries are not made at GF1, and the construction you see on the upper bench is a new parking lot, per the grading permit data. This video was shot before Tesla announced a cut in all non essential CapEX, on April 16th, and May 2nd when they announced an upcoming major re-organization. They are obviously working towards engineering a profitable 3Q 2018, it will be interesting to see what this means for future products beyond Model 3.

Tesla also recently stated they will be ramping up their powerwall and battery products which can hopefully funding for more expansion…
Their solar manufacturing should start coming online sometime shortly as well to hopefully provide more positive revenue to fund more expansion…
The model 3 should start providing a lot more funding as production continues to increase…
It will definitely be interesting to see when and how they bring production of their semi and model y to the market…

They need to make more Powerpack commercial units, use Samsung and other cells, preserve Panasonic for cars.

Damn Dave….. You are on top of disassembling Tesla propaganda quickly and decisively. Enjoy your contribution on this and the other forums where your contribution is recognized.

Haha! Its not too often someone comes to the forum that actually knows the car business, and follows Tesla close enough to see the cracks in their story. ;)~

And yet, you were wrong.with part of it.

ALL tesla batteries ARE made in gf1. That includes the power walls, along with automotive batteries.

OTOH, the M[SX] CELLs are produced in Japan, while M3 cells are produced in gf1.
Not really sure about power walls. Seems like they originally bought them from multiple sources, but they now use the M3 cells. Considering size differentials, this does not make sense.

30% complete?
Wasn´t it expected to be completed by 2020?

From article: “Additionally, as you can see near the end of the clip, there’s clearly excavation in progress in an area separated and to the north of the main Gigafactory structure…”
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Model Y

Yeah, it will be parking lot for employees one day.
In the meantime, Model 3 will be stocked there, in order to postpone 200000th car in the US until first of July.

They are not going to hold off passing the 200K, watch and see… From what I heard, Tesla was already warned about playing games with the tax rebate, and the republicans are just looking for any reason they can to cut that rebate off.

Playing games? No games needed. Tesla delivered 6150 cars last month. If they increase their US sales by 20% this month and then 20% again in June that will be impressive growth. That sales growth rate means that they would deliver 7,380 by the end of this month and 8,856 in June, for a total of approximately 16,236 more cars. Which would bring them to 199,000 cars delivered in the US, counting the 900 Roadsters sold after January 1st, 2010, while growing their sales at a 20% rate, MoM. No games, just solid growth.
And yes, there may be a few hundred 3’s sitting in garages, but they are simply waiting for the quality control teams to fix a few fit and finish issues. You have probably read about the problems Tesla is having with gaps on the exterior of the 3’s. 😉
Whether Tesla hits 200k June 25th or July 5th makes no difference in the world to anyone, except for those who have a short position on Tesla.

Last year May and June Tesla delivered about 8K model S and X in the USA, and we know there are 8000 or so model 3’s that are built and in transit so that is 16K, I would assume there will be more Tesla Model 3’s build in May and June that get delivered before the end of the QTR, and I hear the take rate in Canada for the RWD Model 3 is even lower then in the states, so that is not going to work to dump them there.

Since we’re off-topic already…..

One distinction that I’m wondering about. We’re talking about the number of deliveries. Is that what counts? Of for how many cars the tax credit was actually claimed? There could be cars delivered in the US for which the buyer was not eligible for a tax credit. Do these vehicles count?

“Tesla was already warned about playing games with the tax rebate”

Can you provide a reference for this claim? Who exactly would provide such a warning? Vladimir Putin or one of his minions?

No doubt that “Warning” came from either a Seeking Alpha blog post or a Russian troll farm. 😉

Can you say “fake news”? Can you say “FUD”?

“Already warned”?

Your endless stream of anti-Tesla FUD is very tiresome.

However, the factual statements in your first posts, above, were appreciated. How sad that you can’t stick to facts, and for some reason feel the need to post FUD and untruths.

His first post was wrong.

“From what I heard, Tesla was already warned about playing games with the tax rebate….”

Wow. You have a real scoop here. Amazing that the first I read of this warning is in the comment section. You might want to alert the press about this “warning” because I haven’t heard a peep about this anywhere else. It must be all those Tesla loving press that is keeping this “warning” under wraps.

Tesla should make a mini hyperloop ( or some kind of electric transportation) to connect the new parking lot to the plant.

Bizarrely, Elon once talked about installing an “electric pod roller-coaster” ride to bring employees in from parking lots near the Fremont plant.

An electric pod system, to aid pedestrian travel within the site, and travel to and fro the parking lot(s), sounds like a great idea. Making that into a roller-coaster ride… somewhat less practical. 😉

https://electrek.co/2017/02/24/tesla-union-elon-musk-addresses-employees/

I don’t get why the new earthworks would be for parking when there is an enormous completely unused existing one (clearly shown at the beginning of the fly-over video) right next to where everyone is currently parking, the latter being adjacent to the GF and within the final footprint…? Surely there is some planning department application which will explain for sure what the new earthworks is for (publicly accessible – even on the www – like it all is here in the UK)?

If the current dirt work being doen is for moving the parking lot, then I wonder if the current parking lot is where they will end up building the Semi… Elon has said he wants every future gigafactory to also produce cars, why not also make that the case with their first gigafactory.

Hey! Where’s the solar roof?

On the roof.