Tesla Gigafactory Aerial (May 4, 2017)
New footage high above the Tesla Gigafactory in Reno, Nevada gives us a clear look at the new sections.
We recently reported about continued expansion at the Tesla Gigafactory, following the issue of permits adding up to a total of $28 million. The permits were pertaining to Section G that was to be added next to the main structure. In the recent flyby (shown below) you can see that much progress has been made since the last update.
Tesla Gigafactory Fly-Over from just six months ago.
Tesla has filed a whopping 194 permits to date, adding up to a value of some $1,112,535,506. The company is nowhere near the project's final stages, however. Tesla has admitted that it will be adding to the site for years to come. The completed project will cost around $5 billion, and employ around 10,000 people. A Tesla spokesperson shared:
“Already, the current structure has a footprint of 1.9 million square feet, which houses 4.9 million square feet of operational space across several floors.We are still less than 30 percent done. Once complete, we expect the Gigafactory to be the biggest building in the world.” (via Teslarati)
The Gigafactory will produce battery modules, the electric motor, and other drivetrain components for the upcoming Tesla Model 3, along with shooting out battery cells like "bullets from a machine gun," according to CEO Elon Musk. Once Model 3 production is well underway, Tesla is expected to announce further plans for subsequent Gigafactories, including locations outside of the United States.