Tesla is expanding its already massive Texas Gigafactory as the company produces 2 million cars at its Nevada and Fremont plants.
The electric car maker plans to build on a 68-acre plot of land adjacent to the factory’s main building – with a view to “industrial use facilities with associated improvements” – according to the City of Austin. deposits.
Meanwhile, Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent out a congratulatory tweet regarding Tesla’s Fremont and Nevada factories for having two million cars.
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Tesla is expanding its already massive Texas Gigafactory as the company produces 2 million cars at its Nevada and Fremont plants. Pictured is Tesla’s Gigafactory Texas, which sits on 2,500 acres near the Colorado River
“Congratulations Tesla Fremont + Giga Nevada for making their 2 millionth car!” wrote the billionaire.
‘To think Fremont was just a run-down building and Giga Nevada was just rocks and bushes when it started!
“California used to have a dozen car factories. NUMMI closed last. Now Tesla Fremont is the largest car factory in North America!’
In response to a message on Twitter from Teslarati’s Johnna Crider, who quoted a Reuters story tweeting about GM manufacturing its 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV in Mexico and mentioning that President Biden had “disapproved” Musk, the tech mogul said:
The Gigafactory Texas expansion was first reported by Austin Business Journal, and the effort is listed as a “manufacturing support area” — with filings showing Tesla is working through the approval process. Pictured is CEO Elon Musk’s tweet about the US factories that produce 2 million cars
The Nevada plant, referenced above, produces Model 3 electric motors and battery packs, as well as Tesla’s energy storage products – Powerwall and Powerpack
Late last month, Musk said his US factories are losing “billions of dollars” due to supply chain problems and battery shortages. Pictured above, Musk defended his company on Twitter compared to GM, which recently established one of its EV plants in Mexico.
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The expansion of Gigafactory Texas was first reported by: Austin Business Journal and the effort is listed as a “production support area” — with filings showing Tesla is working through the approval process.
Before Tesla bought the Fremont, California space in 2010, it was home to GM and Toyota’s New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc.
Now the Fremont plant contains 5.3 million square feet of manufacturing and office space for nearly 22,000 employees on 370 acres of land — with plans to expand further.
The facility has produced the vast majority of Tesla’s Model S, Model X and Model 3 vehicles.
The Nevada plant produces Model 3 electric motors and battery packs, as well as Tesla’s energy storage products – Powerwall and Powerpack.
The Texas Gigafactory, which Musk has said is the US manufacturing hub for Model Y and the future home of Cybertruck, sits on 2,500 acres near the Colorado River and contains more than 10 million square feet of space.
Late last month, Musk said his US factories are losing “billions of dollars” due to supply chain problems and battery shortages.
“This factory is losing an insane amount of money right now,” he explained. “We should use a lot more cars from this factory instead of a very small number of cars.”
“Both factories in Berlin and Austin are huge money kilns at the moment. Okay? It’s really like a giant roaring sound, that’s the sound of money on fire,” he told members of a Tesla owners club in Austin’s Silicon Valley in an interview published Wednesday.
Musk said Tesla’s Texas plant is producing a “small” number of cars because of challenges in boosting production of its new “4680” batteries and because tools to make its conventional 2170 batteries “are stuck in the port of China.”
“This will all sort itself out very quickly, but it takes a lot of attention.
“It will take more effort to get this plant into high-line production than it took to build it in the first place.”
Tesla’s biggest concern, he said, is, “How do we keep the factories running so we can pay people and not go bankrupt?”
Musk has said Tesla is meant to “protect life on Earth.” The SpaceX founder and Tesla CEO is pictured above visiting the construction site of Tesla’s gigafactory in Germany
Before Tesla bought the Fremont, California space (pictured above) in 2010, it was home to GM and Toyota’s New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc.
The Nevada plant (pictured above) produces Model 3 electric motors and battery packs, as well as Tesla’s energy storage products – Powerwall and Powerpack
WHAT IS TESLA’S ‘GIGAFACTORY’?
Tesla’s newest Gigafactory in the United States is located in Austin, Texas, near the Colorado River.
The factory’s name comes from ‘giga’, a unit of measurement that represents billions.
One gigawatt hour is the equivalent of generating one billion watts for one hour — one million times that of one kilowatt hour.
Spanning 2,500 acres with over 10 million square feet of factory floor, the facility will be a production center for Model Y and the future home of Cybertruck.
That is the equivalent of total world production in 2014.
New York City uses about 52 gigawatt hours of energy per year.
Tesla also has extremely large factories in Nevada, New York, Berlin and Shanghai.