Tesla have recently gone live at their Gigafactory in Nevada and are now mass producing the battery cells that are being used in the Tesla Powerwall 2. This is exciting news and it is great to see that the opening of the factory is on schedule.
The Tesla Gigafactory is a part of Elon Musk’s plan to rethink how factories work and to increase efficiencies of scale that will help push down the cost of manufacturing, calling it “building the machine that makes the machine.” Musk expects that factories of the future will be able to operate 3 to 10 faster than we can today.
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“The Gigafactory is being built in phases so that Tesla, Panasonic, and other partners can begin manufacturing immediately inside the finished sections and continue to expand thereafter,” the company stated. “Our phased approach also allows us to learn and continuously improve our construction and operational techniques as we continue to drive down the cost of energy storage.”
The Gigafactory has a footprint of 1.9 million square feet, with 4.9 million square feet of operational space across several floors.
“And we are still less than 30 percent done. Once complete, we expect the Gigafactory to be the biggest building in the world,” the company said. “With the Gigafactory online and ramping up production, our cost of battery cells will significantly decline due to increasing automation and process design to enhance yield, lowered capital investment per Wh of production, the simple optimization of locating most manufacturing processes under one roof, and economies of scale.” Find out more.