Model S at Tesla HQ
Sometime next month, Tesla Motors will likely reveal additional details on the lithium-ion giga factory that Tesla CEO Elon Musk first announced during its conference call a few months back.
Panasonic Stand at 2013 Tokyo Motor Show
Here's a refresher of that conference call, focusing only on the giga factory discussion:
“Panasonic is also our primary partner, but when it comes to the high volume 3rd generation vehicle it’s clear that there is going to need to be incremental production capacity created at this existing location today, so we are in the process of figuring that out. There is going to need to be some kind of giga-factory built.”
“…this isn’t the right time to talk in detail about our plans for kind of a giga-factory but to say, we are acknowledging the fact that one needs to be built and we are looking at a variety of different locations.
I don’t think permitting is going to be the driver here. This is going to be a very green factory. There going to be a lot of solar power. It’s going to have essentially zero emissions and there are no toxic elements that are going to come out of this factory and we will build in recycling capability right into the factory…we are trying to figure out what’s the right way to do version one at this giga factory and we want to be thoughtful about it as it is going to be a really giant facility, like we are doing that something that’s comparable to all lithium-ion production in the world in one factory.”
In a recent interview with CNBC (watch the video below starting at the 8-minute mark), Musk leaked out a few more minor details on the giga factory.
Basically, Musk stated that planning for the giga factory is well underway and that by sometime next month, a state will be selected for construction of the factory.
Which begs the question, which state do you think it will be in.