By on June 5, 2014

Tesla Gigafactory

For those awaiting when and where Tesla will build its first Gigafactory, the automaker announced the decision should come near the end of the year, and that said Gigafactory will have siblings.

The Detroit News reports CEO Elon Musk told shareholders at Tesla’s annual meeting in Mountain View, Calif. that as many as three states could see one of the battery factories land in their boundaries, with Gigafactory 1 delivering 6,500 jobs at a cost of $5 billion between it and its investors to one of four states before the end of 2014. Musk added the plans were “quite advanced,” and that his company talks with Panasonic — who wants the Gigafactory all for itself — on a day-to-day basis.

In addition to sharing the love with the concept of American-made battery packs, Tesla plans to boost deliveries of the Model S by 56 percent as markets in China and elsewhere come online. Musk himself will travel to the United Kingdom this week to oversee delivery of the first RHD models assembled by Tesla, with other RHD markets — Japan, Hong Kong et al — to receive theirs down the road. All Ss will also receive software upgrades to provide the owners with more customization abilities, with auto-pilot features to come sometime in 2015.

Finally, Musk himself proclaimed he would not leave the controls of his company until sales of Tesla’s third-gen EVs began, a inevitability not due for the next four to five years.

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17 Comments on “Musk: Location Of First Tesla Gigafactory To Be Announced By Year-End...”


  • avatar

    I’d have so much respect for Tesla if they built it in Detroit.

    • 0 avatar
      rpol35

      Let’s see now, high taxes – check; burned out landscape – check; city on the edge of bankruptcy – check; indicted mayor – check; crime out of control – check; threat of UAW invasion – check; not to mention Tesla seem to be looking for someplace where the sun comes out occasionally; yeah, sure, Detroit is a completely logical place to move a business.

    • 0 avatar
      Master Baiter

      ROTFL

  • avatar
    redav

    The thing that repeatedly amazes me about plans like the one in the concept photo: Why in the world are they using adjacent land for the solar farm when they could put the solar panels above the buildings & parking lots? If the sketch is reasonably close to scale, at least 60% of the required area could be obtained from such multipurposing.

    Doing that would reduce the total footprint needed for the plant, reduce A/C load & expense, offer a benefit to the workers (parking in the shade), and leave room for expansion.

  • avatar
    jpolicke

    Looking at the graphic, it says cell output is projected to be 35 GWh/yr, and pack output to be 50 GWh/yr. Packs are made up of cells, aren’t they? So how do they plan to build more packs than they have batteries to put in them?

  • avatar
    LeMansteve

    Judging by the colors in the concept sketch, it looks like they already have solar panels on some rooftops.

  • avatar
    Astigmatism

    Elon Musk is a very smart man. The smartest thing he’s done to date: the word “gigafactory.” What other car company gets years of advance press for siting a manufacturing facility? Not even Apple gets this much free media-fellatio.

  • avatar
    05lgt

    Simulated automated breakthroughs. Something about Musk and Tesla has always screamed scam to me. I’m not an expert and haven’t taken time to look into the particulars, it’s just that from a distance it looks just like an effort to scam shareholders would. I hope it works out.

  • avatar

    Its going to be quite a chore to get volume to 500K volume by 2020. A LOT can happen.

    The city limits of Detroit won’t accommodate a 1000 acre site. It still isn’t clear to me how EVs are viable in cold climes. The battery doesn;t do well at autobahn speeds either.

    To do 500 in a year requires quite a distribution network. Everyone will be watching to see how this all works out.

  • avatar

    Its going to be quite a chore to get volume to 500K volume by 2020. A LOT can happen.

    The city limits of Detroit won’t accommodate a 1000 acre site. It still isn’t clear to me how EVs are viable in cold climes. The battery doesn’t do well at autobahn speeds either.

    To do 500K in a year requires quite a distribution network. Everyone will be watching to see how this all works out.

  • avatar
    Master Baiter

    I heard they’re projecting a 30% reduction in cell cost in the next few years. That’s not enough reduction to make a high range, cost effective EV. They’d need more like a 70% reduction in cost to be able to make a Camry-sized, 200+ mile car for $30K.


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