Tesla Gigafactory - Drone fly over - September 2015

Tesla Gigafactory - Drone fly over - September 2015

Reno Gazette-Journal has done an exceptional job covering the progress at the Tesla Gigafactory.

The Journal's latest report (since its previous report over the summer) states that Tesla is working on the interior and data center of the pilot part of the Gigafactory.

The pilot plant will be one-fourth the size of the final facility's footprint and should be ready by February 2016, just in time to launch production in the spring.


See Tesla Gigafactory Drone fly over


The open question is what kind of production Tesla intends to inaugurate early next year. Taking into consideration complexity of launching lithium-ion cell production, Tesla probably will start with energy storage modules and pack assembly, but this is just our guess. Cell production probably will come later.

Per Reno-Gazette Journal:

"Recently permitted work at the site include a $10 million project for the gigafactory's "architectural interiors," which started in August and is expected to wrap up by February 2016. That would be in line with Tesla's accelerated timetable of producing batteries at the site by spring next year. The highest-ticket item for the summer at the gigafactory site, meanwhile, is a project for mezzanine steel and concrete work to the tune of $12.92 million. Also of interest is permitting for the construction of a data center at the site, which commenced in the beginning of September, county records show. In addition to computers, there will be some robotics involved for the project as well, according to the county.

All in all, Tesla applied for nearly as many permits in the last four months — more than 20 — as it did in its first year since ground work commenced on its Tahoe Reno Industrial Center site in May 2014. Those permits include work for:

  • mechanical piping at $7 million
  • phase one roofing at $4.5 million
  • exterior building walls at $3 million
  • electrical switchyard at $2 million
  • exterior hardscapes at $ 1 million

Total cost for the latest projects started in the last four months was more than $45 million. 

Source: Reno Gazette-Journal