Work Halted At Expected Tesla Battery Giga Factory Site In Nevada


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Tesla Giga Factory

“Nevada officials have refused to detail what they know of Tesla’s plans, if any, for building the gigafactory in this state.”

States the Reno-Gazette Journal.

As we reported last week, there seemed to be some evidence that Tesla was breaking ground on its battery giga factory at Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center in Storey County, Nevada.

However, it now seems that work at the site has come to a halt, according to the Reno-Gazette Journal:

A “clear and grub” permit was pulled in May in Storey County for an unnamed project at 2641 Portofino Drive.

On Friday, TRIC developer Lance Gilman said he is bound by nondisclosure agreements not to identify the work going on, but he confirmed reports the grading work has been halted.

Gilman adds:

“They have moved more than 3 million cubic yards of dirt.  The pad is 85 percent complete. It may well be they have reached a transition point and will go into a second phase. There will be more to come next week.”

Actually, we hope Tesla reveals more details on the battery giga factory this Thursday when it reports its 2nd quarter earnings.

Source: Reno-Gazette Journal

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Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Indian burial ground or secret alien base?

I’d go for the alien base with new alien technology — which Tesla will use for its new cars and SpaceX program after an undisclosed deal with the DoD (Department of Defense). 😉

Well Musk has said they would begin work at two possibly three sites for the reasons he stated.
Just speculation on my part, but it is like Tesla is lighting a fire under various legislatures so they can be included in the plans for remaining possible sites.
I know Musk has said otherwise, that they are not trying to influence states by dangling a carrot of jobs and factories in front of the noses of the contending states, but nevertheless this does seem to be typical of the way they operate.
Personally I am big fan of holding various legislatures feet to the fire to get them off their proverbial backsides and make them do something along the lines of what they claim to be: pro business states. TX and AZ for instance.

Musk said he is not trying to leverage the GF for State funding and tax breaks. He never said anything about leveraging the potential job rush to expedite the process of building the GF.

TX and AZ are not “pro-business” – they are anti-labor and anti-environment – pretty much against anything that does any good.

Perhaps motivation for a second site to commit?

By showing work started at one site, this encourages other states to step forward and commit, or lose out on a giga-deal!


Still no real evidence this is the, or a, GF site. Maybe. Maybe not.

We’ll find out in a couple of days, assuming someone on the call will ask.



Is Tesla going to make the cells only or the whole packs at the GF?

According to Tesla Motors graphics of their plans, raw materials and old packs go in, and completed new battery packs come out. It will be interesting to see how all that works, when the time comes.

If contractor performance is the issue, cutting them loose early is the wisest decision. In the long run the price of shut-down and re-start (with a better contractor) will be small compared to the costs of contractor screw-ups for the duration of the project and beyond. I’d predict it’ll get going again.