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Gigafactory set to have largest footprint of any building

28 July 2016

The Tesla Gigafactory, expected to be completed by 2020, will supply enough lithium-ion batteries annually than were produced worldwide in 2013.

Image courtesy of Tesla

Elon Musk’s ‘masterplan’, to be achieved through Tesla, is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. Tesla plans a production rate of 500,000 cars per year, meaning they alone will require today’s entire worldwide production of lithium-ion batteries

The Tesla Gigafactory plans to meet this demand. Currently being built outside Sparks, Nevada, cell production is expected to begin in 2017. By 2020 the factory will reach full capacity. 

The factory will produce, in cooperation with Panasonic and other partners, low-cost batteries using economics of scale, innovative manufacturing, reduction of waste and the optimisation of having everything under one roof. The Gigafactory will be powered by renewable energy sources, with the aim of achieving net zero energy. It also expects to drive down the per kilowatt hour cost of the battery pack by approximately 30 percent. 

Gigafactory facts and figures:

• $5bn estimated cost
• 13 sq. km total land area
• 14 percent currently completed with 1.9million sq. ft. of operational space
• When completed it will have 5.8million sq. ft.
• 1,000 construction workers currently working on the project, two years ahead of schedule 
• Aims to provide 35GWh of battery power by 2018. Could increase to 150GWh.
• The factory will eventually have more than 6,000 employees

The name Gigafactory derives from its planned annual battery production capacity of 35GWh. 

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