While the Gigafactory has been already running and it’s in fact just 14 percent complete, Tesla has decided to officially open its battery plant in the Nevada desert.
The investment amounts to about $5 billion, and after it jumps from the current 14 to the full 100 percent completion, the assembly facility will have at its disposal approximately 10 million square feet – or about 174 NFL football fields, meaning this is going to be one of the biggest buildings in the world. If you’re still not impressed, then the California-based company also tells us 10,000 people will work here during the upcoming three to four years, with the production reaching 35 gigawatt hours of batteries by 2018 – which is just as much as the entire world delivered in 2014.
Tesla hasn’t made the endeavor alone, as it has a $1.6-billion agreement with its long-time battery-cell supplier Panasonic, with the Japanese now fitting machines and production robots in sealed, humidity-controlled rooms. The first batches of on-site produced battery cells should start before the year ends. Tesla is going to have its work cut out, needing to deliver the battery packs for the roughly 400,000 units of the Model 3 that have been pre-ordered so far. In addition, the electric automaker intends to produce half a million vehicles per year by 2018 – by which the factory should be up and running at full capacity – with its entire roof covered in solar panels.